In a week that played havoc to the schedule postponing most of the contests due to snow and rain, West Haven High School was able to get several games in. The baseball team faced the Career Panthers for the second time in the young season with similar results. Just like the previous Saturday, the Westies poured it on in the first, two innings and cruised to a 20-1 victory over the Panthers.
The Blue Devils scored four in the first inning and batted around twice in the second inning, putting up 15 runs. They tacked on another run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth for the 20-1 final. Dennis Gamester had four RBIs while Brett Gradoia had three RBIs to lead the Westies. Ty Reeves and Chris Cavallaro each had two hits.
Nick Flammia pitched three, scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out three before giving away to Juan Contreras, who pitched the final, two innings, giving up a run on one hit.
This week, the boys had road games at Branford on Monday and Guilford on Wednesday and host the East Haven Yellow Jackets on Thursday at 3:45.
The boys lacrosse team opened its season on Thursday at home against the Amity Spartans. The Spartans jumped all over the Blue Devils building an 8-0 lead before the Westies were able to get on the board. Nick Massaro had a goal and an assist, Niko Kyle had a goal and the highlight of the game was when goaltender Kevin Moriarty took the ball from his own crease, raced the length of the field, made a couple of nifty moves and sniped the top corner for a goal in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Westies it was not enough in a 12-3 loss. Moriarty also had 26 saves in between the pipes.
On Friday evening, the boys took on the Wilbur Cross Governors and were able to even their record at 1-1 with a 9-2 victory. The Blue Devils got on the board 2:48 into the game on a goal by Nick Massaro. Massaro added another tally one minute later to make it 2-0. The Governors were able to even the game with a goal with 4:16 left in the first quarter and another just 1:50 into the second quarter.
The Westies would score the next seven, unanswered goals to get a 9-2 victory. Massaro completed his hat trick with a goal with 8:33 left in the half to give the Blue Devils a lead they would not relinquish. Jordan Wetmore scored 40 seconds later to increase the lead to 4-2 followed by three goals over the span of 1:24 before the end of the half to pad the lead to 7-2. Logan Cole scored with 4:47 left, Connor Fowler at 4:11 and Niko Kyle with 3:23 left to put the Westies in command.
Justin Rivera added a goal 2:22 into the third quarter and Connor Fowler got his second goal of the game to round out the scoring and give the Blue Devils a 9-2 win. Kevin Moriarty made 10 saves between the pipes for West Haven to preserve the victory.
This week, the boys hosted Foran on Monday and travel to Notre Dame of Fairfield on Thursday at 4 and to Shelton on Saturday for a game against the Gaels at 1.
The softball team finally opened its season on Saturday after numerous postponements. The girls battled with the Sacred Heart Academy Sharks with pitching dominating the day. Ivy Santos pitched a complete game, allowing five hits while striking out six Sharks but Sacred Heart was able to get a single up the middle by Kyleen Crowe in the bottom of the seventh inning for a walk-off 1-0 victory.
This week, the girls played road games at Oxford on Monday, Hamden on Tuesday and Jonathan Law on Wednesday.
The boys tennis team got one of its matches in on Thursday afternoon at Painter Park Courts against the Notre Dame Green Knights. The Blue Devils were only able to pick up two victories in a 5-2 loss to the Knights under less than perfect, windy and frigid conditions. The Westies were swept in singles action but got victories in doubles from Julian Thomas/Nash Noble, 6-0, 6-4 and Ehsan Sumra/Corey Smith, 6-2, 2-6, 10-5.
This week, the boys were scheduled to host Guilford on Monday and travel to Shelton on Wednesday.
The girls’ tennis team also fell 5-2 to Foran on Thursday afternoon in Milford. The Westies got a win in singles from top-seeded Jovanna Gaetano, 6-1, 6-2 and the doubles pair of Rua Osman/Jasmine Brown, were victorious 6-2, 6-4.
This week, the girls traveled to play Platt Tech on Monday, hosted Sacred Heart Academy on Tuesday and East Haven on Wednesday and travel to face the Career Panthers on Thursday at 3:45 at East Shore Athletic Complex.
The girls lacrosse team will be looking to bounce back this week after dropping a 19-0 decision to East Lyme on Thursday. The Blue Devils hosted Sacred Heart Academy on Tuesday and host the Amity Spartans on Thursday at 7.