Top Performers of the Week: No-Hitter Among Great Pitching Performances

The first full week of the spring sports season featured a number of great pitching performances, led by Ellington senior Dakota Aldrich. He tossed a no-hitter in Wednesday’s season-opening 22-0 win against East Windsor. Aldrich struck out 17 batters and allowed no walks. He continued to pitch outstanding the next Monday in a 9-3 win against Windsor Locks, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

RHAM senior Kristi Van Meter had the top performance of any softball pitcher, striking out 17 in Friday’s 9-2 win against Maloney. Rockville senior hurler Tim Baczanski went the distance in Wednesday’s 5-1 win over HMTCA, striking out 12 and allowing just four hits. South Windsor sophomore Maria Hanchuk dominated this Monday in a 7-0 complete game one-hitter against Ellington, blowing away nine batters. Senior Drew Heymann was an ace for Glastonbury in its season-opening 5-0 win against Conard Monday, allowing just two hits. Tolland senior Matt Curtis allowed just one run and two hits in Saturday’s blowout defeat of Stafford.


The Glastonbury junior trio of Sam Petow, Olivia DiLauro and Lindsay Cuto each had big offensive days in this Monday’s blowout of Conard. Petow went 4-4 with two triples and drove in three runs, DiLauro had four hits, including a home run, and three RBi, and Cuto went 4-4 with three RBI and scored four runs. Petow also went 5-5 and hit an RBI triple in Wednesday’s blowout of Farmington.

Tolland sophomore Alyssa Carniero earned the Eagles a 7-6 win against Bristol Central this Monday by hitting a walk-off triple. Senior Sydney Orr also had a strong day at the plate, driving in two. RHAM senior Aliza Orier supported Van Meter against Maloney by driving in three.


Ellington junior Alex Domingos keyed a great offensive performance for the Knights against East Windsor by earning three hits and lining two doubles, finishing with four RBI. Aldridge was also great at the plate on Friday against Somers, going 4-4 with two RBI. Glastonbury junior Gianni Zarrilli led the offense in this Monday’s 8-3 win against East Catholic, hitting a homer and finishing 3-4 with two RBI. Manchester junior Dylan Benton went 4-4 with two triples in Wednesday’s blowout of Hartford Public.


South Windsor juniors Lauren Crusha and Ali Martin had the two best offensive games among local players in Monday’s blowout win against Newington, with Crusha scoring eight goals and Martin five. Ellington seniors Abby Magnuson and Aby Wylie helped the Knights edge Tolland 7-6 in Monday’s season opener by each scoring three goals. Junior goalie Gina Carroll held the THS offense in check by making 13 saves. Tolland rebounded two days later in a 14-5 win at Griswold behind juniors Corey Mahledst and Kacie Gallicchio each scored four times. East Catholic junior Alexa Weber had a huge day in Monday’s season-opening 14-7 win against Suffield, putting in five goals.

On the boys side, the East Catholic trio of Jake Tellers (sophomore), Connor Race (junior) and Nicholas Campagnone combined for 10 goals in Saturday’s 12-6 win against Granby Memorial. Tellers scored four times, while race and Campagnone each had three goals. RHAM seniors Connor Missal and Sam Gilmour each recorded four goals in this Monday’s blowout of Rockville/Stafford.


South Windsor senior Brandon Baker is one of the best players in the state, and he showcased his skills in the opening week’s sweeps of Conard, Newington and Lewis Mills. Baker averaged 16 kills, with 17 on Monday against Conard, 22 on Wednesday and 13 on Friday. Baker also earned seven digs against Newington and 10 at Lewis Mills.

Seniors Dillon DeSouza of Enfield and Nate Sliphack of Rockville had memorable weeks as well. DeSouza smacked 11 kills in Wednesday’s sweep of Wethersfield and earned 19 kills and 12 digs in Friday’s 3-1 win over Farmington. Sliphack recorded 13 and 18 kills in sweeps of Hall and Bulkeley Monday and Friday. Fellow senior Nikita Biahliak supported the Rams on Monday with 12 kills.






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