Ben Centurelli - Rocky Hill (Baseball): Centurelli pitched a complete game, striking out 10 and walking only one hitter, as the Terriers defeated Plainville 5-4 on April 4. The win was the team’s second in as many games, also defeating Vinal Tech in their home opener behind a solid pitching performance from Zach Myers, who struck out four in two scoreless and hitless innings during a 15-0 win.
Brianna Gadarowski - Newington (Softball): Gadarowski connected on two hits, driving in two runs, and scoring a pair of runs as the Nor’easters opened the season with a 19-5 win over Northwest Catholic. The junior also reached base on two walks as Newington’s offense exploded for a total of 18 runs between the 2nd and 4th innings to erase a 4-1 deficit after the first inning. Jaiden Tucker (junior) and Kiley Connors (freshman) each scored three runs for the Nor’easters.
Zachary Zajac - Cromwell (Baseball): Zajac struck out 10, allowing only three hits in seven innings of work during the Panthers season-opening 6-2 victory over East Hampton on April 4. The senior, who has committed to pitch for Wheaton College next year, also had two hits and an RBI from the plate. The following night, the Panthers moved to 2-0 with a win (9-3) over Morgan.
Luke Solomon - Xavier (Lacrosse): Solomon scored a dramatic game-winning goal, finding the back of the net with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Falcons upended Hall 15-14 in the team’s season opener at Xavier High School. On Xavier High School’s Twitter account, the senior credited a “great pass” with setting him up for the winning goal, adding, “We put in the work in the offseason. It’s a great way to start the season.”
Alyssa Pericello - Wethersfield (Softball): Pericello hit a deep home run as the Eagles hammered Suffield 14-1 to open the season on April 2. The sophomore duplicated her feat in the following game, connecting on another home run during a loss to Windsor. Head coach Colleen Budaj likes what she has seen from her young prospect, calling Pericello, “hard-working, humble, and kind.”
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