The West Haven boys tennis team was looking to bounce back last week after opening the season with three losses. On Monday, the Westies swept the Platt Tech Panthers, 7-0. The boys only lost a total of three games in the entire match. In singles action, James Delgado won, 6-1, 6-0, Joseph Delgado won, 6-0, 6-0, Kent Dimaisip was, 6-0, 6-0 and Corey Smith won, 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Julian Thomas/Jeremy Tammaro won, 6-0, 6-1, Ehsan Sumra/Corey Smith won, 6-1, 6-0 and Riyad Al-Bakri/Zach Kerzner won, 6-0, 6-0.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Devils were just as dominant in a 7-0 defeat of the Career Panthers. James Delgado was victorious, 6-1, 6-2 and Joseph Delgado, Kent Dimaisip and Corey Smith all took their matches, 6-0, 6-0. The Panthers forfeited all the doubles matches giving West Haven the 7-0 victory.
This week, the boys hosted Sheehan on Monday and had road matches at Lyman Hall on Wednesday, Hamden on Thursday at 3:45 and Shelton on Friday at 3:45.
The girls tennis team dropped matches against Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden and North Haven last week to drop to 3-4 on the season. On Tuesday afternoon, the Westies were defeated by the Sharks, 6-1. The Westies only victory came from top-seeded Jovanna Gaetano.
The Blue Devils suffered a similar fate on Wednesday afternoon with Jovanna Gaetano’s 6-0, 6-0 victory being the only one again in a 6-1 loss to the Hamden Green Dragons.
The girls finished the week when they hosted the North Haven Indians. The Indians proved to be too much for the Westies sweeping singles and doubles matches without losing a set.
This week, the girls had road matches at Sheehan on Monday and Lyman Hall on Tuesday and hosted Mercy on Wednesday before they will finish the week hosting Branford on Friday at 3:45 in Painter Park.
The softball team still recovering from a tough, walk-off loss the previous week to Hamden, needed a feel good game and it got what it needed in the first home game of the season against the O’Brien Tech Condors. The Westies batted around in the first inning putting up nine runs on their way to a 17-1 mercy-rule shortened victory. Makenna White led the Blue Devils with three hits and five RBIs, Ivy Santos had two hits and three RBIs while Cassandra Thibodeau had two hits and two RBIs. Kasey Marron, Kailey Carrano and Brianna Sebastian all contributed with two hits each. Marron also picked up the victory in the circle, pitching three innings allowing no runs on only one hit while striking out five Condors.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Westies traveled to North Haven to take on the Indians. North Haven scored two runs in the second, two more in the fourth and another two in the fifth inning to build a 6-0 lead while the Westies threatened in several innings but could not pick up a clutch hit until the seventh inning. The Blue Devils got two runners on when both Ashlynn O’Keefe and Kasey Marron both reached on errors. O’Keefe came in to score on Veronica Lynn’s fielder’s choice grounder and then Kailey Carrano homered to narrow the gap to 6-3 but that’s all West Haven could muster in the loss.
On Friday afternoon, the girls traveled to East Haven to take on the Yellow Jackets. The girls couldn’t get the offense going and dropped the game 2-0 to the Yellow Jackets.
This week, the girls went out on the road on Monday with a game at Branford, traveled to Hand on Tuesday, hosted Sacred Heart Academy on Wednesday, will travel to New Haven on Friday to take on Hillhouse at 3:45 and finish their busy week hosting Darien on Saturday at 1.
The baseball team has been struggling as of late and couldn’t find the answers with a trip to Cheshire on Wednesday afternoon. The Westies only managed to get two hits, both coming in the fourth inning when Brett Gradoia and Dennis Gamester singled but were left stranded. The Rams responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning and then another, four runs to end the game after five innings in a 10-0 final. Juan Contreras pitched the first 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs before giving away to Ty Reeves, who gave up the final, four runs.
The Blue Devils hosted the Lyman Hall Trojans on Friday afternoon. The Westies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dom Cambino came around to score after getting on with a single. The Trojans built a 3-1 lead until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Westies rallied. After Chris Cavallaro and Mike Vitolo walked, Mike Tonucci bunted to load the bases. Dom Cambino drove in Cavallaro with a fielder’s choice and Vitolo scored on an error to tie the game, 3-3.
In extra innings, the game took a bizarre twist. Nick Flammia, who had pitched a great game going nine innings, allowing one earned run on four hits was in need on relief. The Westies had warmed up Ty Reeves to enter the game but Reeves was injured legging out his single in the seventh and had to leave the game. Mike Vitolo relieved Flammia in the tenth inning and with two outs and a runner on second was ejected from the game after hitting a batter. Lorenzo Espinal was called on to try to get the Blue Devils out of trouble but Lyman Hall was able to plate three runs in the inning to take a 6-3 lead and grab the victory.
The Westies finished the week hosting cross-town rival Notre Dame on Saturday. The Green Knights built a 5-0 lead after two innings. The Blue Devils rallied in the bottom of the second inning when Dom Cambino and Nick Flammia singled, Juan Contreras doubled to score Cambino and then Dennis Gamester singled to plate Flammia and Contreras to cut the lead to 5-3. Unfortunately for West Haven that would be as close as they would get. The Knights scored one in the third, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and seven in the seventh to defeat the Westies, 18-3.
This week, the boys traveled to Hamden on Monday, hosted Branford on Wednesday, travel to Madison to face Hand on Friday at 3:45 and host Harding on Saturday at noon.
The boys’ lacrosse team suffered a 16-2 loss at the hands of the Notre Dame Green Knights on Wednesday afternoon. Niko Kyle scored 1:20 into the game but the Knights proved to have too much for the Westies. Kevin Moriarty made 26 saves in goal for West Haven.
The Westies hosted Bristol Central on Saturday afternoon at Ken Strong Stadium and after a hard-fought first quarter in which the Blue Devils held a 4-3 lead, the boys outscored the Rams, 9-1, the rest of the way for a 13-4 victory. Bristol Central had taken a 1-0 lead before Matt Dowd scored 3:58 into the game to pull the Westies even at 1-1. Two minutes and 46 seconds later, Tyler Moscato gave the boys a 2-1 lead and Nick Massaro increased the lead to 3-1 49 seconds later. The Rams battled back to tie the game at 3-3. Niko Kyle gave the Blue Devils a 4-3 lead with 1:01 left in the first quarter and the Westies never looked back.
Kyle got his second and third goals of the game in the second quarter to increase the West Haven lead to 6-3 at halftime. The Blue Devils pulled away in the second half for the 13-4 final. Nick Massaro finished with four goals while Tyler Mascato had three goals to lead the Westies. Logan Cole and Nick Camara also scored for West Haven in the victory.
This week, the boys hosted Wilbur Cross on Monday and Lyman Hall on Wednesday and will finish the week hosting Bunnell on Friday at 5:30.
The girls lacrosse team continued to look for its first victory of the season. Unfortunately for the Westies it didn’t come on Tuesday at Jonathan Law. The Eagles jumped all over the Blue Devils scoring 12 times in the first half on the way to a 15-3 victory. Keegan Riccio led the Westies with two goals while Madisyn Crotta picked up the other goal. Nicole Gaston made six saves in goal for West Haven.
The Westies hosted Lyman Hall on Saturday and were locked in a 2-1 defensive battle in the first half before they enjoyed an offensive explosion in the second half to grab their first victory of the season. Forty-eight seconds into the second half Amani Cayo went coast to coast, weaving her way through Trojan defenders to score, giving the girls a 3-1 lead. After Lyman Hall cut the lead to 3-2, Madisyn Crotta and CC Condon scored to increase the lead to 5-2.
Lyman Hall scored with 14:37 left in the second half to make it 5-3 before the Westies scored the next six goals. Emily Mendes scored 33 seconds later followed by Annalise DePino, Mckenzie Holy, Mendes again, Keegan Riccio, and Holy again to make it an 11-3 lead. The Trojans scored two goal in the final 18 seconds to make it a 11-5 final. Nicole Gaston made nine saves between the pipes for West Haven.
This week, the girls traveled to Lauralton Hall on Monday and hosted North Haven on Tuesday.