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GROTON — Red-hot Wheeler High pitcher Jenn Paride and the surging Lions’ softball team ran into too much of Fitch sophomore pitcher Caroline Taber Tuesday in an ECC out-of-division game.
Taber hurled six perfect innings before her gem was broken up in the seventh inning. At the plate, she collected two hits and two RBIs to help the undefeated Falcons bat around for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and post an 8-2 victory.
Fitch (18-0) broke Paride’s scoreless streak of 46 and-1/3 innings with the big fourth-inning rally. Wheeler (10-3) had posted six straight shutouts prior to playing Fitch. The last run Paride (10-3) allowed came during a 2-0 loss to Plainfield on April 29.
Paride allowed eight hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out eight in five innings before being relieved.
“Fitch made a lot of contact, and Jenn gave up more hits than she’s accustomed to,” Wheeler coach Joe Cawley said. “But a lot of those hits came after we should have made the third out in the fourth. Our two errors kept the inning alive.”
Taber, who helped the Mystic-Groton Junior Little League All-Stars reach the Eastern Regional finals last summer, retired 18 straight Wheeler batters until Raven Houck and Jess Morgan singled in the seventh. Samantha Muller doubled both home to avert the shutout.
Taber allowed just the three hits and struck out 12.
“Fitch is really good,” Cawley said. “They lead the ECC Large, and hopefully we won’t run into anything like them in the Class S states.”
Wheeler returns to action 4 p.m. today at New London.
LEDYARD — Maddie Tilton scored twice in each half as Ledyard improved to 10-5 overall, 7-2 in the ECC-Small with Tuesday’s league win.
The Colonels led 10-5 at halftime.
Jess Muller scored four goals and assisted on another for Wheeler (0-13, 0-9 ECC-Small). Zoe Robert scored two goals.
Ledyard outshot Wheeler 23-18. Carolyn Pabst made eight saves for Wheeler and Alyssa Gracie made 12 for Ledyard.
Wheeler’s next game is Thursday at home against Waterford, 4 p.m.
STONINGTON — Michael Anderson shot a 48 to post the best score in the Lions’ tri-match loss to Montville (5 1/2-1 1/2) and East Lyme (7-0) Tuesday at Stoningto Country Club.
Jake Umphlett scored 52, Peyton Mulhern shot 55 and Max Reck had a 56 for Wheeler (4-8, 4-4 ECC-Small). The Lions shot a four-player score of 213. Montville improved to 10-6, 8-1 ECC-Small with its team total of 196.
The loss against East Lyme (11-0-1) was an out-of-division match. The Vikings shot a 165.
Wheeler hosts Tourtellotte 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at Stonington Country Club.
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UNCASVILLE — Will Iorio scored five goals and Jack Riordan had four goals and four assists in Stonington’s ECC-Small victory Tuesday.
Stonington (9-6, 6-1 ECC-Small) fired 49 shots on goal. Jack Satti made 18 saves for St. Bernard/Wheeler (2-12, 1-6 ECC-Small).
Wheeler travels 7 p.m. Thursday to play Montville.
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