Will Southington finally be able to celebrate a state championship?
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We will see what Tropical Storm Andrea has to say about when the games are played but the championship games for all four classes are scheduled for Palmer Field in Middletown Friday and Saturday.
All four games are intriguing and it should be a fun two days.
If you come up, make sure to grab a Palmer Field hot dog, the best stadium dogs in the state, and there is no debating that.
Class S | 7 pm | No. 6 Oxford vs No. 1 Cromwell
Oxford starting pitcher Kyle Chudoba struck out 10 in a complete-game, four-hitter as the Wolverines held on for a 3-2 win over No. 7 Old Lyme which had the tying run on third in the seventh inning.
FCIAC Player of the Year Andrew Casali leads New Canaan into Saturday’s Class L championship. (J. Gregory Raymond/For Hearst Newspapers)
You can read all about Oxford’s semifinal win here.
Oxford has now won 7 straight heading into this game.
Cromwell is the defending Class S champions and the seniors would like nothing more than to go as back-to-back champions.
Senior pitcher Christian Budzik and Cromwell beat No. 13 East Hampton 3-1 in the semifinals, avenging a loss in the Shoreline Conference finals a week earlier.
You can read about Cromwell’s win over East Hampton here.
Cromwell pitched shutouts in 9 regular season games and two state tournament games and besides allowing 6 runs in two of its losses, only allowed opponents to score 3 runs twice all season, an incredible stat for a high school pitching staff.
Class M | 3:30 p.m. | No. 11 St. Joseph vs No. 1 Northwestern
It seems odd to think this was the matchup most predicted in this class since St. Joseph is a No. 11 seed but the Cadets are not a normal low seed, dropping 3 of its last six games during the regular season to lower its spot in the tournament.
The Cadets also face mostly LL schools in the FCIAC, giving them a taste of tough competiton all season.
The Cadets beat No. 10 Montville 7-3 to get here and should have staff ace Stanley Wolpiuk on the mound for the final.
You can read about the Cadets win over Montville here.
Northwestern was eliminated in the first round last year and only lost one game this season on their quest to win a state championship.
The Highlanders had to come from behind in the first three rounds of states before busting out early for a 8-5 win over No. 5 Holy Cross.
You can read about that win here.
Northwestern scored in double digits in 10 of its games during the regular season but should not count on that type of run total against Wolpiuk.
Class L | Noon | No. 4 New Canaan vs No. 2 Waterford
New Canaan reached the final last year as a No. 24 seed before losing to Fitch and have been dead set on finishing what they started a year ago.
The Rams and pitcher JR Anderson beat No. 16 North Haven 5-1 to get back to the final.
You can read about that game here and read Jon Chik’s preview of the final here.
New Canaan should have FCIAC player of the Year Andrew Casali on the mound for the final.
Waterford has won 10 of its last 11 and beat No. 11 Notre Dame-West Haven 2-0 to reach the final as sophomore Justin Pandolfe pitched a complete game.
You can read about that victory here.
Waterford has outscore its opponents 19-3 thus far in the tournament.
Class LL | 7 p.m. | No. 6 Amity vs No. 4 Southington
Nothing against any of the other classes but this matchup in Class LL is the game that will draw the most neutral fans to Palmer Field and rightfully so.
The big question will be if Southington will be able to do something that East Hartford and Greenwich failed to do, get a hit off starter Mike Concato.
Southington certainly has the bats to touch up Concato but will need to keep this game low scoring if it wants to finally take home a championship.
The Blue Knights lost in last year’s semifinals and in the finals in 2011, both times in extra innings and want badly to leave Palmer Field victorious Saturday night.
Amity beat No. 10 Fairfield Prep 3-2 to reach the final in a game you can read about here.
Southington held off No. 8 Trumbull 4-2 in a game you can read about here.
Southington beat Amity in last year’s quarterfinals.
Amity has outscore its opponents 30-3 thus far in the tournament while Southington has outscored its opponents 26-5.
If you watch one high school baseball game this year, this is the one you should check out.