The West Haven softball team took three of four games last week and closed in on clinching a postseason berth. On Tuesday afternoon, the Blue Devils visited Hillhouse High School and dominated the Academics in a 19-0 mercy-rule, five inning victory. Kailey Carrano had two hits and three RBIs, Ashlynn O’Keefe and Ivy Santos each had two hits and two RBIs while Veronica Lynn had three hits and an RBI in the victory. Ivy Santos and Kasey Marron both saw time in the circle, pitching the Westies to the shutout win.
On Wednesday evening, the girls fell behind 3-0 to Jonathan Law before rallying to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Morgan Peryer tripled with the bases loaded to bring in all three runs. Unfortunately for the Westies, they couldn’t capitalize on other opportunities and the Eagles plated three runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Blue Devils, 6-3. Ivy Santos pitched a complete game giving up 6 runs, only one earned though on seven hits while striking out five batters.
On Thursday afternoon, the Blue Devils got back in the win column with another dominant victory, defeating the Hamden Green Dragons, 17-5. The Westies, up 5-1 in the third, extended the lead to 12-1 in the fourth and never looked back. Veronica Lynn had four hits and four RBIs and Morgan Peryer had four hits and three RBIs to lead the Blue Devils. Kasey Marron pitch a complete game allowing four earned runs and struck out five Green Dragons.
On Saturday afternoon, the Westies traveled to Hopkinton, Massachusetts and defeated the Hillers 9-2. Veronica Lynn had four hits and two RBIs while Kailey Carrano had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Blue Devils. Kasey Marron started in the circle and pitched the first, four innings, allowing two runs on three hits before giving away to Ivy Santos, who pitched the last, three innings shutout innings without giving up a hit.
This week, the Blue Devils looked to qualify for the CIAC playoffs when they hosted Hand on Monday, North Haven on Tuesday and will finish the week when they host the East Haven Yellow Jackets on Thursday at 7.
The baseball team is facing an uphill battle, needing to win five, more games to qualify for postseason play with only eight games left. On Monday afternoon, the boys traveled to Madison to face the No. 3-ranked Hand Tigers. Nick Flammia did his best on the mound shutting down the Tigers for the first, four innings but Hand put up four runs in the fifth inning and the Westie offense never got on track in a 4-0 loss.
On Wednesday evening, the Blue Devils went toe-to-toe with the Guilford Indians at Piurek Field. Trailing 4-0, the Westies evened the game with a two out rally in the bottom of the third. Dom Cambino singled, Mike Vitolo walked, and Nick Flammia reached on an error scoring the first West Haven run. JC Contreras then doubled to score Vitolo and Flammia before Dennis Gamester brought in Contreras with a double of his own.
After the Indians took an 8-4 lead, the Westies rallied again to tie the game at 8-8 in the sixth inning. Mike Vitolo walked with the bases loaded to score Brett Gradoia and then Nick Flammia doubled to bring in three runs and tie the game. Unfortunately for West Haven, Guilford had one more rally when the Indians scored five times in the top of the seventh inning to hand the Westies a 13-8 loss.
The Blue Devils got one win closer to postseason play with an 11-1 mercy-rule shorten five inning victory over the O’Brien Tech Condors. The Westies fell behind 1-0 before evening the game in the bottom of the first and then getting three runs in the third, two in the fourth and left the Condors on the field with five runs in the fifth inning. JC Contreras had three hits and three RBIs and Brett Gradoia had two hits and two RBIs to lead West Haven. Mike Vitolo got the victory on the mound.
This week, the boys visited Notre Dame of West Haven on Monday, hosted Cheshire on Wednesday and head to Wallingford on Friday to battle Lyman Hall at 6.
The boys lacrosse team split its two games last week. The Westies came up with a big 6-5 victory over the Sheehan Titans on Wednesday evening in Wallingford. Nick Massaro led the Blue Devils with two goals and an assist while Logan Cole scored two goals in the victory. Kevin Moriarty came up huge between the pipes making 33 saves and setting up the game-winning goal with 2:58 left in the game when he connected on a long pass to Tyler Moscato, who outraced his defender and scored to put the boys up, 6-4.
On Saturday afternoon, the Westies traveled to Windsor and were defeated, 10-9. This week, the Westies hosted Hamden on Monday and need two wins in their final four games to qualify for postseason play.
The girls lacrosse team opened last week hosting the Mercy Tigers and with goals from Annalise Depino and Mackenzie Holy only trailed 3-2 at halftime. However, Mercy outscored West Haven, 6-0, in the second half to put away the Blue Devils 9-2. Nicole Gaston stopped 14 Tiger shots in the loss.
On Tuesday evening, the girls traveled to Wallingford and dropped a 10-8 decision to the Lyman Hall Trojans. Annalise Depino, Emily Mendes and Keegan Riccio each scored two goals while Mackenzie Holy and Madisyn Crotta each added a tally. Nicole Gaston made nine saves in goal for West Haven.
The girls hosted the Hamden Green Dragons on Thursday evening at Ken Strong Stadium and were locked in a 7-7 game at halftime but the Green Dragons scored seven goals to the Blue Devils four in the second half for a 14-11 victory over the Westies. Annalise Depino had a night with six goals while Mendes and Holy each had two goals and Riccio added a goal. Gaston had 11 saves between the pipes.
This week, the girls traveled to Middletown to play Mercy on Monday and have road games at Sheehan on Thursday at 6:30 and Hamden on Saturday at 11. The Westies will finish their season, hosting their Senior Night on Tuesday at 7 against the Shelton Gaels and then at Foran on Thursday 5/17 at 6.
The girls tennis team dropped its first, two matches before bouncing back to win its last, two of the week. On Monday afternoon, the Westies lost to Sacred Heart Academy, 5-2. Jovanna Gaetano won, 6-0, 6-0 and Kiara Walker won, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 for the Westies’ victories.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jovanna Gaetano was victorious, 6-0, 6-1 for West Haven’s only victory in a 6-1 loss to the Cheshire Rams.
The girls rebounded with a 4-3 victory over the East Haven Yellow Jackets on Wednesday afternoon in East Haven. The Westies swept singles play while the Yellow Jackets swept doubles action. Jovanna Gaetano won, 6-3, 6-1, Skylar Serenson won, 6-1, 6-0, Ariana Nguyen was victorious, 7-5, 6-4 and Savannah Lopez took her match, 6-1, 6-3.
The girls finished the week with a 5-2 victory over the Platt Tech Panthers on Friday afternoon at the Painter Park Courts.
This week, the girls have another busy schedule. The Westies hosted Jonathan Law on Monday, had road matches at Branford on Tuesday and Shelton on Wednesday before they finish the week hosting the Career Panthers on Friday at 3:45.
The boys tennis team dropped two matches but managed to sandwich a 7-0 sweep of the Wilbur Cross Governors in between. On Wednesday, the Westies were defeated by the Cheshire Ramsm 5-2. The Delgado brothers were the only two that were able to secure victories on the day. James Delgado wonm 6-3, 6-4 and Joseph Delgado won 6-0, 6-1.
On Thursday afternoon, the Blue Devils swept the Wilbur Cross Governors 7-0 in New Haven.
The boys finished the week with a trip to Fairfield to take on the Jesuits and came out on the short end of a 5-2 score. Again it was the Delgado brothers posting the lone, two victories for the Blue Devils. James Delgado was victoriousm 6-2, 6-3 and Joseph Delgado wonm 7-6, 6-1.
This week, the boys hosted the Hand Tigers on Tuesday, traveled to Amity on Wednesday, play at Platt Tech on Thursday at 3:45 and are on the road again on Friday for a match at Guilford at 3:45.