Postseason spots will be on the minds of many area teams during week ahead

Published on Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:13
Written by DAVE GREENLEAF

Staff writer

As the high school spring season moves into the stretch run this week, the postseason is on the minds of many area teams.

Only the St. Paul softball, baseball, girls tennis and lacrosse teams and the Bristol Eastern softball team have clinched. A few teams are on the verge of reaching the magic number and some have already been eliminated, but for most the week ahead is all about strengthening position for the postseason.

The Bristol Eastern baseball team and the Bristol Central softball teams are the closest to the magic eight-win plateau. The Lancers are 7-5 and need just one more win. The Central girls are 6-8 and two wins away.

Eastern should be able to pick up that one more win this week as it takes on a pair of teams sitting at the bottom of the CCC South standings. The Lancers travel to Middletown (6-7, 1-4 CCC South) today and host Maloney (1-10, 0-5) at Muzzy Field on Wednesday. The Lancers close out the week with a tough CCC interdivisional matchup with East Catholic at Muzzy on Friday.

Central’s girls will have a much more difficult time as they look for the elusive two wins this week. The Rams return to CCC South play this afternoon at home against a very strong Berlin team and travel to Meriden to take on Platt on Wednesday. Central beat Platt in a close one at home in the first meeting. The Rams are at 5-5 Manchester on Friday.

Terryville’s baseball team had a tough week last week to fall to 5-9 and remains three wins short of qualification. The Kangaroos cannot clinch this week as they have only two games on the schedule, at Gilbert today and home against Nonnewaug on Friday. Terryville beat Gilbert and lost to Nonnewaug in the first meetings.

Bristol Central’s baseball team needs to win four of its remaining eight and has another challenging week ahead with home games at Muzzy Field against CCC South foes Berlin today and Platt on Wednesday before hosting a very strong South Windsor team on Friday.

Terryville softball needs to win half of its remaining ten games. The Kangaroos have a busy schedule this week with five games starting today at home against Gilbert, a team that beat them by one run the first time around. Terryville hosts rival Thomaston tomorrow and a strong Lewis Mills team on Wednesday, then takes to the road for games at Litchfield and Nonnewaug on Thursday and Friday.

Bristol Central’s golf team is on the cusp of posting a strong enough score to make the postseason and the Rams will be looking to pick it up a bit as they face a busy four match week. They host Plainville today and visit Plainville tomorrow before they take on Rocky Hill at home on Wednesday and travel to Maloney on Thursday.

St. Paul’s golfers will look to strengthen their bid for the postseason as they travel to Torrington tomorrow before taking part in the Stigberg Tournament in Wolcott on Wednesday. The Bristol Eastern golfers will likely not make the postseason this year but could pick up a couple of wins this week with two matches against New Britain, at Stanley on Monday and at Chippanee on Thursday.

Bristol Central’s track teams suffered a setback in their losses to Middletown last week, but the Rams continued to make a strong bid for postseason success with a number of athletes posting strong qualifying times in events last week. The Rams are at Maloney on Tuesday and will take part in the Greater Hartford meet on Saturday. St. Paul is at Watertown on Tuesday and Terryville visits Litchfield on Monday and hosts Housatonic on Thursday. Bristol Eastern has the week off.

St. Paul’s girls tennis team continued its strong season last week, but the other area teams have struggled. Bristol Eastern’s boys won three last week after a rough start to improve to 4-5. But the Lancers have a tough week ahead with a home match against Middletown today and at East Catholic on Friday. Eastern’s girls are 2-8 and have a trip to Middletown on tap today. The Lancers host CCC South leader Maloney on Wednesday and East Catholic on Friday.

Bristol Central’s girls have also struggled through the first half of the season. They will visit Berlin today, then come home to take on Bloomfield on Tuesday, Platt on Wednesday and EO Smith on Friday with a chance to get back on the winning track. The Central boys have taken advantage of their early season schedule to post the only winning record among area boys teams, but the schedule gets tougher this week with three road matches beginning at Berlin tonight. The Rams travel to Platt on Wednesday and EO Smith on Friday.

The Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern boys lacrosse teams are out of postseason contention, but both will continue the quest for the first win this week. The Rams host Sheehan of Wallingford today and Rocky Hill on Thursday. The Lancers will look to break their losing streak at home against Wolcott today before hosting Windsor on Thursday.

St. Paul’s boys lacrosse team improved to 10-0 last week but faces its toughest challenge of the season against Northwest Catholic at home on Wednesday. The Falcons will host North Branford today and visit Canton on Saturday. St. Paul’s girls continued their strong season winning three out of four last week. They also face a challenge at home against Northwest Catholic on Wednesday. St. Paul also takes on a pair of winless opponents at Amistad today and at home against Holy Cross on Thursday.

At 13-2, the St. Paul baseball team is currently third in the CIAC Class S rankings. The Falcons look to hold on to that ranking at Seymour today, home to Wolcott on Wednesday and at Ansonia on Friday. St. Paul softball is tied with Coventry at the top of the Class S rankings. The St. Paul girls host Seymour today, visit Wolcott on Wednesday, host Crosby Thursday and travel to Ansonia on Friday as they look to hold on to that top spot.

The Bristol Eastern softball team is 9-2 and seventh in the Class LL field. The Lancers have a tough one at home today against Middletown, a team that beat them last week and have another challenge at 11-1 Maloney on Wednesday. Eastern visits struggling RHAM on Friday.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:13. Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:16.