By Chris Piccirillo/Zip06.com • 05/22/2022 12:32 PM EST • Last Updated 05/22/2022 6:11 PM
The East Haven softball team finished its regular season with an 18-2 record and a 10-game winning streak after winning all three of its games last week. The Yellowjackets compete in the SCC tournament this week, then host the Class L state tournament after that.
On May 17, the Easties hosted Branford and defeated the Hornets 13-1 in 5 innings on Senior Night. The Yellowjackets honored senior captains Emilee Bishop, Lena Barthel and Jilien Ayala before the game. After taking the lead in the second inning, East Haven ended the contest in the fifth inning scoring 8 runs in the period.
Bishop threw a 2-batter with 10 strikeouts and also hit a double with 2 RBIs at home plate. Ayala had 2 hits with 2 RBIs, rookie Lexi Heaphy had 2 RBIs, junior Adriana Franceschi had 2 hits and junior Lily Gagnon hit a triple for East Haven. Barthel, Bishop, Heaphy, Franceschi and rookie Gianna Santoro all scored 2 points in the win.
The following afternoon, East Haven traveled to Woodbridge to face Amity and secured a 7-1 victory over the Spartans. East Haven jumped on Amity scoring 4 runs in the first set and 3 runs in the second set, led by a grand slam from Heaphy in the first. Bishop threw a 3-hitter for the Easties. Sophomore Gianna Fowler had 2 hits that day.
Then, on May 19, the Yellowjackets posted a 5-0 shutout at North Branford. East Haven took a 1-0 lead when Santoro led Franceschi in the fifth inning. The Easties then put the game aside by scoring 4 points in the seventh. Bishop ended his big week throwing a 2-hitter with 11 K. Santoro had 2 hits, Heaphy hit a 2-run double and Franceschi scored 2 runs for head coach Ed Crisafi’s team.
East Haven is the No. 1 seed in the SCC Tournament and hosts No. 8 Shelton in the quarterfinals on Monday, May 23 at 4 p.m. With a win, the Yellowjackets would host the winner of No. 4 West Haven and No. 5 Cheshire in the semi-finals on Tuesday, May 24. The CSC Finals will take place at Biondi Field in West Haven on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m.
Outdoor track for girls
Junior Alice Stettinger took first place in the javelin throw when the East Haven girls’ outdoor track team competed in the CSC East Section Championship at Bowen Field on May 17. The Yellowjackets scored 57 points as a team and finished sixth in the game.
Stettinger threw a 120-foot-1 throw en route to winning the javelin for the second straight year at Sections. Stettinger’s throw was 30 feet better than Sheehan’s second Madison DiPasquale (92-10). Stettinger also finished third in the discus throw (102-3) and ranked third in the shot put (33-5.75) for the Yellowjackets.
Senior Morgan D’Auria finished second in the long jump (16-6) and also took triple jump honors (35-0) in the section competition. Junior Jessica Urban finished fourth (17.82) in the 100 hurdles final after placing fifth (18.09) in the preliminaries. Sophomore Erica Canfield took fifth place (18.12) in the 100 hurdles final, moving up three spots from her eighth place finish (19.39) in the preliminaries.
Senior Emily Mazzucco was sixth in the long jump (15-11) and seventh in the triple jump (32-6) for the Easties. Urban also finished ninth in the triple jump (15-1) and 11th in the high jump (15-1). Canfield was ninth in the 300 hurdles (53.97) and 15th in the high jump (4-2).
Senior Zayuri Castaneda finished sixth in the javelin (83-3) and took eighth in the discus (81-11) and shot put (28-1). Sophomore Aniya Franklin was eighth in the shot put (29-11.75) and 14th in the javelin (64-1).
Senior Princess Aggrey finished 12th in the discus throw (71-4) and took 14th place in the shot put (26-11.5) at the Eastern Sections. Senior Juliana Espinoza finished 13th (16:14.49) in the Yellowjackets 3,200m. Sophomore Nicole Brown finished in 20th place (56-4) in the javelin.
Outdoor track for boys
Junior Dom Salato posted a first-place performance in the javelin on behalf of the East Haven Boys’ Away Track Team at the CSC East Section Championship last week. The Yellowjackets finished in 10th place with 20 points scored in the sectional meeting at Bowen Field on May 17.
Salato recorded a top toss of 158-10 inches to take first place in the javelin at the Eastern Section Championship. Salato edged runner-up Kyle DeRienzo of Amity (154-4) for the gold medal in the event. Salato also won third place in the triple jump with a distance of 39-8.5 for the Yellowjackets.
Freshman Dante Rodriguez battled his way to fifth place (45.64) in the 300 hurdles during the section competition. Rodriguez also finished 12th in the high jump (5-0) and 14th in the 110 hurdles preliminaries (19.06). Junior Ronald Koye finished ninth in the 110 hurdles preliminaries (18.03) and was also 17th in the 300 hurdles (48.71).
Junior Jason Toth finished 11th in discus (110-1) for East Haven. Freshman Rocco D’Amato took 14th place in the long jump (18-1). Senior Justin Hernandez came in 20th place on the disc (89-10) during the game.
The Branford-East Haven (Bfd-EH) men’s lacrosse team played two games to conclude the regular season of the 2022 campaign last week. Bfd-EH, which qualified for the Class L state tournament, came away with wins in both contests to wrap up the regular season with a 10-6 record.
Bfd-EH started the week with an 11-7 home win over Berlin at Branford High School on May 17. Senior Cam Paleski and junior Sean Bosworth both scored 3 goals, while junior Matt McNulty and rookie Gennaro Pompano each scored 2 goals with 2 assists in the win. Junior Alex Milne had 2 assists and junior Jack Linder scored 1 goal. Senior goaltender Aidan Strebel made 14 saves in net.
Two days later, the Hornets hit the road to take on West Haven and picked up an 18-2 win. Bosworth scored 7 goals for the Hornets. Pompano had 3 goals and 2 assists, Milne also scored 3 goals, Paleski scored 1 goal with 3 assists and McNulty scored 1 goal with 2 assists. Senior Kevin Lee scored 1 goal, while Strebel, Linder and senior Dimitrios Gionteris all got 1 assist. Strebel made 6 saves and freshman Max Rosenberg stopped 3 shots on goal for head coach Jim May’s team.
Golf for boys
The East Haven men’s golf team suffered two losses and also earned a tie in last week’s action. The Yellowjackets are 8-6-1 overall entering the final week of their regular season.
On May 16, East Haven hosted Jonathan Law at Alling Memorial Golf Club and played the Lawmen to a 186-186 draw. Junior Dom Plano shot a 43 to share medalist honors with Law’s Jayden Archuleta. Senior Ethan Roach shot a 45, senior Nick Sorrentino a 46 and second Mike Savo finished with a 52.
The following day, the Yellowjackets suffered a 170-198 road loss to Branford at Pine Orchard Country Club. Plano recorded East Haven’s low score of the day with a 42. Roach scored a 50, while Savo and Sorrentino both posted a 53.
Then on May 18, East Haven was back on the road to face Guilford and lost the contest by a score of 168-191 at Madison Country Club.
The East Haven women’s tennis team lost two games last week to improve to 6-12 entering the final week of their regular season.
East Haven suffered a 6-0 loss to Shelton in an away game on May 16. The next day, the Yellowjackets hosted Mercy and lost the game by a score of 7-0.
The East Haven men’s tennis team suffered three losses in the final week of their regular season. The Yellowjackets finished the regular season with a 4-16 overall record.
On May 16, East Haven suffered a 7-0 road loss to Sheehan. Then on May 18, the Yellowjackets hosted Jonathan Law and lost the game 6-1. The following day, East Haven suffered a 7-0 loss at North Haven in their final game of the regular season.