May 25—NORWICH — Tori LoPresto had a key double in a four-run seventh inning that broke a 12-12 tie and lifted fifth-seeded Stonington to a 16-12 win over No. 4 Norwich Free Academy in the first round of the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I softball tournament on Monday.
The Bears (9-8), who pounded out 22 hits, will play at top-seeded Waterford in Tuesday's semifinals.
LoPresto finished with four hits, including three doubles, to lead the Stonington offense while Lola Worsdale added four hits with a double, Carly Constantine had three hits with a double, Cami Brown had a double and triple and Shea O'Connor had two hits.
Brenna Comeau and Madison Waltke had three hits apiece for the Wildcats (9-8), including one double each, while Tessa Hospod hit a three-run homer and had two hits.
In other games:
— Third-seeded Killingly advanced to the Division II semifinals with a 13-3 win over No. 6 Wheeler. Reese Main was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Lions (7-12) while Molly Butremovic was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Addie Hauptmann and Marissa Bergel each had a hit and RBI.
— Ivy Goodman had seven goals and an assist as third-seeded Stonington downed No. 6 NFA, 19-4, in an ECC Division I first round game. Katherine Glenn had a goal and two assists and Emma Spathakis, Rachel Sabbadini and Elle Thompson all scored twice for the Bears (9-4), which will play at No. 2 Fitch on Tuesday. Alice-Ann Rourke had two goals and Lauren Friedrich and Hannah Vega both scored for the Wildcats (1-13).
— No. 4 Waterford defeated No. 5 Woodstock Academy 9-5 in the Division I first round. Emily Gates scored five goals for the Lancers (8-7), who play at No. 1 East Lyme in Tuesday's semifinals, while Carly Holdridge added two goals and Annie Seltzer and Ella Bousquet scored one goal each.
— Skylar Gustavsen had six goals and one assist as top-seeded Bacon Academy defeated No. 8 New London 18-6 in the Division II quarterfinals. The Bobcats (12-4) will host No. 4 Griswold in Tuesday's semifinals. Sarah Newton added two goals and four assists for Bacon while Maddox Burton hade three goals and one assist, Kaylea McCourt two goals and three assists, Joely Stella two goals, Shannon Hickey one goal and Camryn Grasso three assists. Aislinn Strecker had three goals for the Whalers (3-11) while Emelia Skrabacz added two and Keshi Patel scored one.
— Kate English scored five times and Maddie McLeod added three goals and two assists to lead No. 3 Ledyard past No. 6 Wheeler/Grasso Tech, 15-1, in an ECC Division II quarterfinal. Maddie Leyko had two goals and an assist, Clare Inyang scored twice, and Jess English, Delaney Gortner and Helena Robinson each added a goal for the Colonels (8-5), which will play No. 2 Montville in Tuesday's semifinals. Grace Armstrong scored for the Lions (2-10).
— Maddie Gould had three goals and two assists as No. 2 Montville defeated No. 7 St. Bernard 13-9 in the Division II quarterfinals. The Indians (12-4) will host No. 3 Ledyard in Tuesday's semifinals at 6 p.m. Reagan Buscetto, Lily Tomczik and Lindsey Beavan added two goals apiece form Montville while Addie Concascia, Madi Price, Maddie Konig and Felicia Bower each scored once.
— Goalie Adrian Walders made 16 saves to highlight No. 4 Griswold's 8-6 win over No. 5 Killingly in the Division II quarterfinals. Emily Aviles had three goals and Kyle McCormack two for the Wolverines (8-7), who play at No. 1 Bacon Academy in Tuesday's semifinals.
— Goalie Steven Turchetta made nine saves for a shutout as No. 4 Montville beat No. 5 Ledyard/Griswold 8-0 a Division II first round game. Antonio Brown had four goals and two assists to lead the Indians (5-8), who will play at top-seeded Woodstock Academy in Tuesday's semifinals, while Ayden Frechette scored three goals, Conor Gaughan had a goal and an assist and Sawyer Kury won eight of nine faceoffs. Seth Hurt made 13 saves in goal for the Colonels (3-11).