Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of April 17 - 23:
Fayz Baig - RHAM High School (Baseball): Baig hit a walk-off single, driving a shot to center to score Sam Senes as the Raptors edged Tolland 17-16 on April 19. Baig, a sophomore, was a beast from the plate, connecting on five hits. He drove in four runs and scored another to help the team hold off a rally from the visiting Eagles from Tolland, who scored nine runs in the sixth inning. Junior Sean Connolly added three hits, scoring three runs and driving in two more, while senior Ethan Polochanin also had three hits, driving in a run and scoring twice. All told, RHAM scattered 19 hits as the team improved to 5-2.
Joseph LaMalfa - Portland High School (Golf): LaMalfa shook off a rough opening hole to finish at the medalist, shooting a 37 as the Highlander defeated Old Saybrook at Portland Golf Course on April 19. LaMalfa, a senior, shot par on the fifth hole to edge junior teammate Luke Stennett (38) atop the leaderboard. Portland won the overall meet (159-178) over the conference rival Rams to remain undefeated on the season.
Maddox Burton - Bacon Academy (Lacrosse): Burton scored five goals and dished out five assists as the Bobcats defeated Killingly 17-10 on April 20. Burton’s five helpers were a season-high and her five goals equal the total she scored in a win over Woodstock Academy on April 15. Burton, a senior, was one of five Bobcats to score goals in the win over Killingly. Anna LeGault and Katie Graham each scored four, while Marissa Nudd tallied three and Megan Swanke found the back of the net once.
Anthony Miro - East Hampton High School (Tennis): Miro defeated Old Saybrook’s Brent Ling (6-0, 2-6, 6-2) to win the No. 1 singles match as the Bellringers defeated the Rams (4-1) at East Hampton High School, securing the team’s first victory of the season. Miro, a junior, was one of three Bellringers to win individual matches. No. 2 player Zach Selger defeated Drew Demers in straight sets and No. 3 player Landon Vaillancourt defeated Jason Lee in straight sets.
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