I spoke to six coaches and emailed every league coach. One of the questions I asked was which teams they thought were the top five in the league.
The results were universally consistent. St. Joseph, a semifinalist last year with a strong returning nucleus, and defending champion Darien, with Erika Osherow moving from shortstop to pitcher, were overwhelmingly considered the top two teams. Fairfield Ludlowe, Westhill and Stamford were the next most-often mentioned teams, with Danbury and New Canaan getting a lot of support as well.
All of which means the FCIAC playoff race could be one of the most interesting in recent memory, with the possibility for a postseason tournament more wide open than past years.
So for the first edition of Extra Base Hits this spring we are going to give you a chance to have your say: Which team do you think is going to win the FCIAC championship. We will give you the choice of the seven schools other coaches mentioned the most. If you think one of the other 12 is going to break through, you can pick “Other.” Feel free to send along a comment with which team you feel will win and why.
The poll will stay open until Wednesday at 4 p.m., when the season officially opens.