The final city series matches and a last chance to qualify for the post season lie ahead this week for area high school teams as the season winds down with an abbreviated schedule. The CIAC will release the post season tournament pairings for most sports on Friday and for the Bristol Central and Terryville baseball teams and the Bristol Central tennis team, this week's games matter as each needs one more win to qualify.
The week begins with the city series softball and baseball showdowns on tap today. The softball game is scheduled for Bristol Central, field conditions permitting, this afternoon while the baseball squads will battle under the lights at Muzzy Field in a 7:00 p.m. start. Eastern won both games in close battles the first time around. The winner of tonight's baseball game will clinch the CCC South Patriot Division crown.
The game against Eastern is one of three road games for the Rams this week. Central enters the week with a 7-10 record, one win shy of the qualifying mark. The Rams will take on Platt in Meriden on Tuesday and visit Avon on Wednesday. Central beat Platt 1-0 and lost to Avon by the same 1-0 score in a pair of tight pitchers' duels the first time around.
After picking up two big wins last week, Terryville's baseball team also needs a win to make it to the post season. But the Kangaroos will have to conquer a team that beat them by double digits the first time around as they close out the regular season in Winsted against Northwestern this afternoon.
The Bristol Central boys tennis team is also a win away from qualifying for the state tournament after their heartbreaking loss to Bristol Eastern last Friday. The Rams close out the season at 3-10 New Britain tomorrow with a chance to reach the post season as a team for the first time.
The highlight of the week will be on the track at Bristol Eastern on Tuesday afternoon as the Lancers host the CCC South championship meet. The boys match promises to be another close battle between Bristol Central and Middletown. The Rams lost a close one to the Blue Dragons in the dual meet season, but are hoping that their depth in the running events will help them overcome a Middletown advantage in the field. On the girls side, it should be a showdown between Middletown, Berlin and Bristol Central.
St. Paul's baseball and softball teams hope to be battling in the NVL tournament this week as they prepare for high rankings when the tournament pairings are announced. The baseball team closed out the regular season with two tough losses last week to fall to 15-5 and into a tie for fourth place in the Class S field. St. Paul is currently the number 4 seed in the NVL tournament and is scheduled to host Watertown in the opener on Wednesday. But that seed and start time remain dependent on the outcome of several games still waiting to be played after last week's violent storm that shut down schools across much of the lower Naugatuck Valley.
The St. Paul softball team is seeded second in the NVL tournament after losing to Seymour on Friday. The Falcons will play a home game Wednesday but the opponent has yet to be determined. St. Paul is currently the three seed in the Class S tournament rankings.
Bristol Eastern softball is currently seeded ninth in the Class LL event. The Lancers cannot improve their seeding, but could drop a place or two with an upset loss at Central in today's finale. The Rams are 9-10 and currently tied with Fitch and Woodstock Academy for the 17th seed.
Terryville's softball team qualified with a big week last week. The Kangaroos are the 29th and last seed in the event but could move up a slot or two if they can beat Northwestern at home today.
Bristol Eastern's baseball team has a trip to Maloney scheduled for Wednesday to close out the regular season. The Lancers are 10-8 overall and in a tie for 20th in the Class L Field.
St. Paul's lacrosse teams are both into the post season field. The 15-1 boys squad is the number 1 seed in Class S. The girls are 11-5 and currently in the eighth seed.
Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern and the Bristol Girls co-op team will not be in the post season. The Rams close their season with road trips to Old Saybrook today and E.O. Smith tomorrow as they look for that elusive first win. Eastern pulled out a close 13-12 victory over Central last week and has finished its season at 2-11. The co-op girls team is 5-11 and will wrap up the season at home against Amistad on Tuesday.
The golf teams have another week to go in their season. Bristol Central will battle six opponents in three matches this week as they scramble to make up washed out meets. The Rams will take on Terryville, Thomaston and Platt at Pequabuck this afternoon, then return to CCC South play with a trip to Maloney tomorrow, and a home match with Maloney and Middletown on Wednesday.
Bristol Eastern has only one match on tap, a visit to Plainville on Tuesday. St. Paul's boys host Seymour today and Torrington tomorrow before closing out the week at Watertown on Friday. In addition to today's match with Thomaston and Central, Terryville has a trip to battle Litchfield, Nonnewaug and Northwestern in Southbury on Wednesday.
The St. Paul girls visit Canton on Tuesday and Cheshire on Thursday. The annual city match between Central, Eastern and St. Paul will close out the season next Tuesday, May 29 at Pequabuck.