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H-K Boys’ Lacrosse Refusing to Lose; Softball and Baseball Squads Notch Two Victories

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Freshman Gunnar Howes helped the Cougars increase their win streak to 10-straight games by claiming victories against Old Saybrook and Cromwell in last week’s action.

Photo courtesy of Liz Griswold

Freshman Gunnar Howes helped the Cougars increase their win streak to 10-straight games by claiming victories against Old Saybrook and Cromwell in last week’s action. (Photo courtesy of Liz Griswold)

Boys’ Lacrosse

The Haddam-Killingworth boys’ lacrosse team improved its record to 12-1 on the year after scoring victories in both of its contests last week. The Cougars have now won 10 games in a row.

H-K started off the week by earning a 10-2 road win over Old Saybrook on May 10. Then on May 12, the Cougars hosted Cromwell and defeated the Panthers by the final tally of 13-1.

Senior Corey Phipps turned in a big-time performance by netting 7 goals in H-K’s victory versus Cromwell. Freshman Gunnar Howes had 3 goals and 1 assist, while junior Aaron McLeod scored 1 goal to go with 1 assist. Senior Matteo Piacenti and junior Nate Kelly both scored 1 goal, and junior Nolan Braren contributed 1 assist for the Cougars in the win.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The Haddam-Killingworth girls’ lacrosse team took two recent defeats to move to 7-8 on the season.

The Cougars lost to Old Saybrook by the score of 15-5 in a home game on May 10. Two days later, H-K hit the road to face Cromwell and was edged out by the final score of 12-11.

Softball

The Haddam-Killingworth softball team is now standing with a record of 15-2 on the season after claiming victory in two of its three games last week.

The Cougars began their week with a 14-0 road win versus Old Lyme in 6 innings on May 9. Brooke Hickman pitched 3 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts to notch the win in the circle. Kaleigh Bodak and Bella Richwine combined to throw the final four innings and finish off the victory.

Hickman also hit a 2-run home run for the Cougars. Annabella Zajac and Keira Czarkowski had 3 hits each for H-K, while Cheyenne LaTouche reached base 4 times and had 4 RBI.

The next day, H-K hosted East Hampton and rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Bellringers. Trailing 5-3, H-K plated 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game in walk-off fashion. The Cougars tied the score on a single by Caley Napoletano and then won it when Zajac hit a long triple to left field to bring home Napoletano with the winning run. Bodak earned the win by pitching 2 innings of relief for Haddam-Killingworth.

Then on May 13, H-K played a road game versus Cromwell and took a 7-0 loss in the matchup.

Baseball

The Haddam-Killingworth baseball team played three road games last week and came away with a pair of victories to boost its record to 11-6 this spring.

H-K took a 9-1 defeat at Valley Regional on May 9. Blake Kamoen had 2 hits for the Cougars in the contest.

The next day, H-K hit the road to face East Hampton and doubled up the Bellringers by a 6-3 score. Alex Sheehan struck out 14 batters in 5 innings to get the win for H-K. Lucas Kamoen threw the final 2 innings to lock up the victory. Todd Butler had 2 hits to pace the Cougars’ offense.

H-K closed out its week by posting a 1-0 road win over East Granby on May 12. Callen Powers tossed a 1-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for his fifth win on the year. The Cougars scored the only run of the game when Declan Christopher scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.

Boys’ Golf

The Haddam-Killingworth boys’ golf squad won two of its three home matches last week to improve the team’s record to 6-3-1 this season.

H-K began its week by earning a 188-205 home win versus Valley Regional at Black Birch Golf Course on May 10. Senior Andrew Fleig collected medalist honors by shooting a low score of 42 for the Cougars. Junior Jacob Maier shot a 48, senior Gabe Barile and freshman Andrew Crayton both finished with a 49, and sophomore Declan Kessler posted a 54 in the victory.

The next day, the Cougars hosted East Hampton and won the match by the score of 180-280. Crayton was the medalist on the day with a score of 43. Barile shot a 45, Maiser and Kessler both carded a 46, and Fleig finished with a score of 47.

H-K went on to take a 168-171 loss against Cromwell in a home match on May 12. Barile (41), Crayton (43), Maier (43), Kessler (44), and Fleig (45) competed for the Cougars at the meet.

Boys’ Tennis

The Haddam-Killingworth boys’ tennis squad lost two home matches last week and is now 4-9 on the year.

On May 9, H-K took a 6-1 defeat versus East Hampton in a home match. Freshman Bryce Leiberman claimed a 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles match for the Cougars.

Two days later, the Cougars hosted Westbrook and lost to the Knights by a 6-1 final. Sophomore Eddie White claimed victory at No. 1 singles for H-K.

Girls’ Tennis

The Haddam-Killingworth girls’ tennis team hosted East Hampton for its lone matchup of the week. The Cougars took a 5-2 defeat against the Bellringers at H-K High School to move to 0-13 this season.


Chris Piccirillo is the Sports Editor for Zip06. Email Chris at c.piccirillo@shorepublishing.com.

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