It’s a gorgeous day for baseball and softball state tournament games, so if you’re sitting inside reading this, get outside and go to a game.
Here are some early returns on baseball…
Shelton 8, Notre Dame-WH 2 (F) — So much for the newly-crowned SCC champs.
Amity 9, South Windsor 0 (F) — No such problems for the SCC runners-up.
NFA 20, Ridgefield 1 – Ridgefield pitcher Ashley Higgins was not available due to a death in the family and, unfortunately, the Tigers had to go to an inexperienced pitcher. NFA’s reward? Masuk.
Bunnell 10, Staples 5 – Staples’ pitcher, we hear, was knocked out of the game with a line drive. …Bunnell now faces Amity in the second round.
Sacred Heart Academy 3, Bristol Eastern 1 – This is pretty amazing given that Eastern is a softball powerhouse.
7 p.m. update baseball — In Class LL SWC champion Masuk defeats FCIAC power Norwalk 3-2. …Taylor Lasko and Bunnell outlast Tom Lawrence and West Haven, 1-0. …Bunnell advances to play Westhill, a 16-0 winner over Naugatuck (uh oh. Is this further proof of a weak NVL?) …Ridgefield 7-6 over New Milford. …Class L — Law defeats Darien, 2-0, and advances to face Platt Tech. …Bethel will indeed play Fairfield Ludlowe in the second round. The Wildcats crushed (another) NVL team in Crosby, 13-2 (this does NOT bode well for Seymour’s record). …In Class M Weston advances (5-0 over Lewis Mills), St. Joseph advances (12-0 over Suffield) and will face East Catholic. …Wolcott beat No. 2 seed Cheney Tech, 7-3, (no shock here) and will play Foran, a 12-5 winner over Northwestern.
And, what were we just talking about? Seymour crushes No. 33 seeded Stonington 4-3 in the first round of Class M. Yikes, guys. Yikes.
In softball: Newtown defeated Greenwich 2-0 in the LL first round and will now face Simsbury for the right to (ahem) lose to Masuk. …Cheshire and Westhill both won 9-0 and will face each other in the second round. …In Class M Lauralton Hall defeated St. Joseph, 5-0.
Baseball, 7:18 update Trumbull, one of the only teams to actually play a second round game, defeated Newington 3-2 and advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals. They get a nice break.