Published May 10. 2013 4:00AM
Stonington - Andrea Chiaradio struck out the first 10 batters she faced en route to pitching a perfect game Thursday as the Stonington High School softball team beat New London 21-0 in five innings to clinch at least a share of the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division title.
Chiaradio finished with 13 strikeouts for the Bears (15-1, 8-0), who can clinch the title outright with victory at Ledyard on Tuesday.
Ally Curioso had two hits, including a triple, with three RBI and three runs for the Bears and Katie Headley had a double, home run, four RBI and a run. Also, Jen Paride had two doubles, three RBI and a run.
New London is 1-13, 1-8.
In other games:
• Mena Buscetto hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift St. Bernard past Lyman Memorial 6-4 in the ECC Small Division. St. Bernard (8-7, 6-3) could clinch at least a share of the division title with a victory against Wheeler in a game to be played at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Tourtellotte and Plainfield are both 5-3 in the division, Montville is 5-4 and Wheeler is 3-4.
"The girls have been talking about who needs to lose and who needs to win for us to win (the title)," first-year St. Bernard head coach Brittany Connors said. "We need to win and that's all that matters."
Buscetto, also the winning pitcher, finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Gretchen Green was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Ali Patterson 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
• Katrina Awad went 2-for-3 and scored twice as Montville downed Wheeler 6-2 in the ECC Small. Alyssa Nissen hit a two-run triple for Montville (8-8, 5-4) and Alyssa Mattison pitched a five-hitter with eight strikeouts. Summer Cipriani and Kayla Collins both went 2-for-3 for Wheeler (4-6, 3-4).
• Mitch Allen was co-medalist (37) as Ledyard knocked off previously unbeaten Killingly 4.5-2.5, tying the Redmen atop the ECC Medium Division.
Colton Day and Mike Martin each shot a 39 for Ledyard (10-1, 7-1). Drew Aitken shot a low-round 37 for the Redmen (13-1, 7-1).
• Justin Bohara of Norwich Free Academy took medalist honors with a 2-over-par 38, leading the Wildcats to a 6-1 win over Fitch in the ECC Large Division. Nick Kamireddy, Billy Wallace and Dan Bilda also won their matches for NFA (9-3, 7-1). Corey Jones won for Fitch (8-5, 5-3).
• Connor Callaghan shot a three-over 39 as East Lyme beat Stonington (6-1) and Wheeler (7-0). Drew Bradley shot a 42 for East Lyme (13-1). Chris Bovino shot a 40 for Stonington (9-4). Coleton Lamb shot a 54 for the Lions (1-11).
• Matti Fuller led Old Lyme with a 39 as it beat Haddam-Killingworth 168-191 in the Shoreline Conference. Paul Burdick shot a personal-best 41 for Old Lyme (6-2).
• Nate Ritacco earned co-medalist honors (45) as Ellis Tech of Danielson beat Norwich Tech 195-211 in the Constitution State Conference. Alex Valdes also shot a 45 for Norwich Tech (5-5, 5-5).
• Matt Jezierski earned co-medalist honors (41) for Tourtellotte as it beat St. Bernard, 6.5-0.5. Dylan Julian also shot a 41 for St. Bernard (3-11).
• Undefeated Stonington beat Bacon Academy 7-0 in an ECC Medium Division match. Annika Burgess, Chloe Slater, Caroline Kam and Mollie Kam won singles matches for the Bears (12-0, 6-0). Stonington also got wins from the doubles teams of Hannah Fabianski-Emily Buxton, Meg Rofle-Emily Gardiner and Taylor Startz-Gina Feliciano.
• John Skogerboe, Alan Carroll and Avery Oefinger each won singles match in straight sets, leading Stonington past Bacon 7-0 in the ECC Medium. The Bears are 9-3, 5-1.