Softball: Cheshire defeats Lauralton for SCC title

Cheshire High’s Hannah Salvietti’s line single to left scored pinch-runner Kinsey Ratchelous with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday afternoon, when the Rams rallied for a 4-3 win over Lauralton Hall to capture its first SCC softball playoff title at West Haven’s Biondi Field.

Trailing 3-1 heading into their half of the inning, the top-seeded Rams got an RBI double from Mia Juodaitis; scored another run on an error and then kept its unbeaten season (23-0) alive on Salvietti’s base hit.

Second-seeded Lauralton Hall (18-5) took a 2-0 lead in the second when Cheshire leftfielder Sara Mulligan dropped Christiana Contrell’s fly ball allowing two runners to score.

Cheshire drew to within a run at 2-1 in the third. Brianna Floyd singled to right, scoring Alex Czarkosky, who had walked and was sacrificed to second.

The Crusaders tacked on a run in the fourth, taking advantage of three walks by Abigail Abramson and an RBI single by Emma Larke.

Abramson struck out 12 and walked five while pitching a four-hitter.

Lauralton Hall’s Ireland Miessau struck out nine and walked four while giving up six hits and two earned runs.

Cheshire's win completed a three-game season sweep over the Crusaders. The Rams took earlier games by 4-2 and 3-2 scores.

“Our game plan coming in was to have Ireland keep the ball inside on their right-handed hitters,” said Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Acampora. “We knew they had power and caught hit the long ball. I think we got away from that idea a little in the seventh inning.”