NORTH STONINGTON — Wheeler High’s softball team found itself still in a battle when it came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning.
But the Lions scored three times in that frame and the way that Jenn Paride has been pitching this season a 4-0 lead is large.
Paride extended her scoreless innings streak to 36 and-1/3 innings and the Lions shut out Tourtellotte Memorial 7-0 in an ECC Small Division game Monday afternoon.
Samantha Muller and Kylie Baker had two hits and two RBIs apiece as Wheeler improved to 9-2 overall, 6-0 in the Small. Muller and Baker both singled and tripled.
Paride pitched a two-hitter. She walked one and struck out 14. Paride pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Tourtellotte (5-8, 1-7 ECC-Small) on April 22.
Wheeler took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Kylie Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Catcher Raven Houck led off the fifth with a triple down the lef-field line. Jess Morgan was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a groundout as Houck held her ground at third. Baker then delivered both with a sold single to left. Baker came all the way around to score when the ball she hit went through the legs of the outfielder for a three-base error.
Muller hit a two-run single to left in the sixth that made it 6-0.
Paride held the Tigers hitless until a one-out bunt single in the sixth. Tourtellotte singled again one out later but but the runners were stranded at first and second.
“That was the first real good contact they made,” said Wheeler coach Joe Cawley referring to the second single.
Two other Tigers reached base (walk and error) and only one of them made it as far as second base.
Wheeler’s next game is at Montville on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Going into Monday, Wheeler (5-0), St. Bernard (5-1) and Montville (5-2) were the top three teams in the Small. The top two teams automatically qualify for the ECC tournament.
Lyman Memorial .............4
NORTH STONINGTON — Lyman left-hander Evan Hopkins pitched a two-hit shutout Monday as the Bulldogs improved to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the ECC Small Division.
Hopkins walked two and struck out nine in his second start of the season against the Lions. He was on the mound when the Bulldogs won 5-2 on April 17.
Mike Dellaporta (double) and Kevin Knowles (single) had the Wheeler hits.
Lyman scored single runs in the first, third, sixth and seventh innings off Chris Munzer, who gave up nine hits in 6 and-1/3 innings. Muzner walked one and struck out four.
Wheeler (3-8, 1-5 ECC-Small) hosts Tourtellotte today at 4 p.m.