MONTVILLE — Wheeler High qualified for the ECC softball tournament for the first time with a 6-0 win against Montville in an ECC-Small game Wednesday.
Winning pitcher Jenn Paride extending her scoreless inning streak to 43-1⁄3 innings. After losing 2-0 to Plainfield on April 29 the Lions have won five straight all of them by shutout.
Paride improved her earned run average to 0.35. She had nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Wheeler, which joined the ECC in 2003, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Kylie Baker.
“It was way over the left fielder’s head. She scored standing up and she really didn’t have to run that hard,” Wheeler coach Joe Cawley said. “It was a shot.”
The Montville field does not have a fence.
Baker finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a double. She is hitting .444 with 16 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
Baker’s homer brought home courtesy runner Emma Stock, who was running for Paride. She had walked earlier in the inning.
Wheeler added one run in the third when Micaela Bergel (2 for 4) singled home Samantha Muller. Muller had walked with two outs.
The Lions added two more in the fourth on a RBI single by Raven Houck (2 for 4) and a RBI double by Baker.
Houck leads the team with a .522 average.
The final run came in the seventh when Mirandah Ackley drove in Muller with a single. Muller had started the inning with a single.
“Today was about timely hits. We were getting runners on with two outs,” Wheeler coach Joe Cawley said. “Jenn had another dominating performance. But we had too many errors (five).”
The Lions are now 10-2 overall and 7-0 in the league. St. Bernard is second in the league at 6-1 and Montville is now 10-6, 6-3 ECC-Small.
Wheeler has three league games remaining and can do no worse that second. They beat Montville twice this season meaning the Lions would get the berth in the ECC tournament if the two teams finished tied.
The top two teams in the Small qualify for the ECC tournament.
Wheeler travels to Windham Friday for a 4:15 p.m. game.
PAWCATUCK — Max Reck and Michael Anderson each shot 49 to register Wheeler’s best scores in an ECC out-of-division loss to Stonington Wednesday at Elmridge Golf Course.
Jack Ognisty was medalist with a 40 for Stonington (9-2). The Bears’ four scorers totaled 174 strokes.
Tyler Primett shot 51 and Jake Umphlett had a 52 to give Wheeler a four-player total of 201.
The Lions play at Windham 3 p.m. today at the Windham Club.