Central Making State Tournament Progress

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Central improved to 4-4 on Saturday.

In Saturday’s Post I wrote a story about Central’s strong start to the season, as the Hilltoppers look to end a six-year state tournament drought.

You can read all the details here.

Central beat Harding 14-6 Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Park in a Bridgeport Baseball Classic first round game. (The championship round will be played next month.) It means the Hilltoppers are halfway home to their goal of eight victories and a place in the Class LL tournament, which would certainly be a fine way to send off four-year starters Eric Vilanova and Christian Rodriguez.

Having already beaten Wilton, Fairfield Ludlowe and Stamford the eight win threshold seems well within reach for Central. There are a couple games on the schedule the Hilltoppers should win and with the way they’ve been playing nobody should take them lightly.

There’s one leftover from talking with coach Ely Drysten that didn’t make it into the print story. It’s about how he’s tried to adopt the approach of one of his former coaches — Sumner Sochrin. Sochrin, now head coach at Derby, has over 500 career wins and guided Central to its lone baseball state championship in 1978.

“What impresses me the most about (Sochrin), if you walked down to one of his game, you’d have no idea if his team was winning by 10, down by 10 or tied 0-0,” Drysten said. “They play hard every single inning. We need to do that.”

If Central does that, its six-year Class LL drought should come to an end in May.

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