After a 1-0 loss to Sacred Heart Academy to open the season, the West Haven softball team got the bats going in a big way. On Monday afternoon, the Blue Devils traveled to Oxford to take on the Wolverines. The girls put up runs in every inning, except the second on their way to a 15-1 victory.
Kailey Carrano and Ashlynn O’Keefe each had four hits to lead the Blue Devils hitting attack while Ivy Santos pitched a complete game, giving up one run while striking out seven and helped her own cause with three hits and three RBIs.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Westies were on the road again when they faced the Jonathan Law Eagles in Milford. The girls built a 7-0 lead before having to hold on for a 9-7 victory. Once again, the girls had the bats going, scoring in every inning but allowed the Eagles to score six runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth to make things interesting.
Dianesse Rodriguez led the Blue Devils with three hits and two RBIs while Ashlynn O’Keefe had three hits and provided probably the most important play of the game when she cut down the potential tying run at the plate with a bullet from right-center field to end the inning and keep the Westies in front, 8-7. Makenna White had two hits and a RBI and Kasey Marron had a hit and two RBIs in the victory.
Ivy Santos pitched a complete game for West Haven, working into and out of trouble in the final, three innings to preserve the victory.
On Saturday morning, the girls looked like they were about to roll to their third, straight victory when Makenna White blasted a solo home run over the left field fence to give the Westies a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning against Hamden. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, the Green Dragons still had life in them and scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game and then got a bases loaded, walk-off single down the third base line to score the winning run and leave the Westies on the field for the second time this year.
Kailey Carrano, Ivy Santos and Kasey Marron all had doubles for West Haven in the loss. Santos pitched into the seventh inning giving away to Kasey Marron to try to extend the game but Hamden’s single inside the third base bag ended it with a 6-5 Hamden win.
This week, the girls traveled to Hand on Monday, hosted O’Brien Tech on Tuesday, headed to North Haven on Wednesday and end the week with a game at East Haven on Friday at 4:15.
The baseball team, after starting the season 2-0, was dealt a couple of tough losses last week. On Monday afternoon, the Blue Devils traveled to Branford to take on the Hornets. Branford put up two runs in the first inning and another in the third inning to take a 3-0 on starting pitcher Ty Reeves. The Hornets then exploded for five runs in the third to put some distance between them and the Westies. The Blue Devils did get two back in the top of the fifth when Reeves knocked in two RBIs but Branford ended it in the bottom of the inning with four, more runs in a mercy ended 12-2 victory. Nick Flammia led the Westies with two of their five hits.
After losing to the Guilford Indians ,8-0, on Wednesday afternoon, the Westies were looking to get back on track on Thursday at Piurek Field against East Haven. The Yellow Jackets put up three runs in the first inning and added another run in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. The Blue Devils made some noise in the fifth inning when Nick Flammia tripled to bring in Chris Cavallaro and Dom Cambino and then he scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 4-3.
Unfortunately for the Westies, the Easties responded when several errors by the Blue Devils allowed three runs to come across and give East Haven a 7-3 lead. The Westies attempted rally in the bottom of the seventh fell short after Dom Cambino singled and scored on a Juan Contreras triple for a 7-4 final. Flammia pitched six innings, taking the loss before being relieved by Contreras in the seventh inning.
This week, the Westies played Notre Dame of West Haven on Monday, traveled to Cheshire on Wednesday and host the Lyman Hall Trojans on Friday at noon.
The boys lacrosse team improved to 2-1 on Monday evening with an exciting 10-9 OT victory over the Foran Lions at Ken Strong Stadium. Ed Leavitt got his second goal of the game in overtime, when he cut across the field and sniped the top corner from the slot for the victory.
Nick Massaro had two goals and two assists, Niko Kyle and Matt Dowd each had two goals while Tyler Moscato and Logan Cole each had a goal in the victory. Kevin Moriarty stopped 10 shots in goal for the Westies to preserve the victory.
The Blue Devils continued their winning ways when they traveled to Notre Dame of Fairfield on Thursday afternoon. Nick Massaro scored a hat trick to lead West Haven to an 8-2 win, while Niko Kyle had a goal and an assist. Jordan Wetmore, Tyler Moscato, Connor Fowler and Matt Dowd each had a goal in the victory. Kevin Moriarty made 10 saves between the pipes for the Westies.
On Saturday afternoon, the boys traveled to Shelton and saw their three game winning streak come to an end with a 12-3 loss to the Gaels. Steve Moran had two goals and Niko Kyle had a goal in the loss. Kevin Moriarty turned aside 22 Shelton shots for West Haven.
This week, the Blue Devils hosted Bristol Central on Monday and visited Notre Dame of West Haven on Wednesday.
The girls lacrosse team fell behind, 8-4, to Sacred Heart Academy in the first half before eventually losing 10-5 on Tuesday night at Ken Strong Stadium. Madisyn Crotta scored two goals while Taylor Nowak, Shannon Siclari and Keegan Riccio all picked up a goal in the loss. Nicole Gaston made 18 saves between the pipes for West Haven.
On Thursday evening, the Westies hosted the Amity Spartans. The Spartans jumped on the Blue Devils early, building an 8-1 by halftime on their way to a 9-5 victory. Madisyn Crotta scored two goals, Keegan Riccio had a goal and two assists while Emily Mendes and Taylor Nowak each picked up a goal in a losing effort. Nicole Gaston made 10 saves in goal for the Westies.
This week, the girls traveled to Jonathan Law on Tuesday, host Lauralton Hall on Thursday at 7 and Lyman Hall on Saturday at 6 in Ken Strong Stadium.
The girls tennis team bounced back from an opening match loss to beat the Platt Tech Panthers, 5-2, on Monday in Milford. Top-seed Jovanna Gaetano won, 8-0, third-seed Shea Clarke won, 8-3, four-seed Kiara Walker was victorious, 8-3, and five-seed Ariana Nguyen won, 8-1, in singles action. In doubles play, Rua Osman and Savannah Lopez won, 9-7.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Westies hosted the East Haven Yellow Jackets and came away with a 5-2 victory. Jovanna Gaetano won, 6-1, 6-0, Skylar Serenson was victorious, 6-0, 6-2, Kiara Walker won, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, and Ariana Nguyen won, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, in singles while the doubles pair of Rua Osman and Savannah Lopez won, 6-4, 6-3, to help the Westies to the triumph. On Thursday afternoon, the girls traveled to New Haven and swept the Career Panthers, 7-0.
This week, the Westies hosted Cheshire on Monday, Sacred Heart Academy on Tuesday, traveled to Hamden on Wednesday before they will wrap up the week hosting the North Haven Indians at Painter Park on Friday at 3:45.
The boys tennis team hosted the Guilford Indians on Monday afternoon at Painter Park and could only manage to get a victory from top-seeded James Delgado in a 6-1 loss to the Indians. Delgado won his match, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
On Wednesday, the Westies battled the Shelton Gaels and came up short in a 4-3 decision. The Blue Devils got victories in singles from Joseph Delgado, 6-1, 6-1 and Kent Dimaisi, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. In doubles action, Zach Kerzner and Riyad Al-Bakri were victorious,s 6-3, 6-3.
This week, the boys traveled to Wilbur Cross on Monday, hosted Platt Tech on Tuesday and Career on Wednesday and will travel to Milford to take on Jonathan Law on Thursday at 11.
The boys track team was defeated by the Xavier Falcons, 91-46, in Middletown on Wednesday. Kevin Colon took the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and was a member of the victorious 4 x 100 relay with Douglas Johnson, Mekiel Coates and Tamarko Oakes. Oakes also triumphed in the 200 and the high jump, while Coates took the 100 and Johnson won the long jump.