NEW BRITAIN – The 2021 Nutmeg State Games finished up this past weekend with several area teams claiming medals.
In the under-12 baseball tournament, the Somers Storm downed New Britain Maroon, 10-3, for the gold. New Britain won its three round-robin games by a combined score of 40-6, but took home silver after falling in the championship game.
In the under-10 division, NE Clutch Baseball of East Haven beat West Hartford, 12-2.
A pair of Southington-based girls lacrosse teams picked up medals in the 19 and over open tournament. Summer Lax lost to Waves, 9-3, to earn silver while the Southington Dark Knights edged WNE for the bronze medal. Bristol Lax also competed in the tournament, but did not qualify for the medal round after going 1-2 during the round robin.
Waves won another gold in the under-18 division with a 11-6 win against HBE, as the team from Groton finished 4-0.
In the nine-team under-14 tournament, the Madion Lady Tigers took gold with a 6-5 victory past River East, and in the under-10 division, the Wethersfield Eagles soared past the Fairfield Eagles in a 9-6 win.
New Britain High School hosted four days worth of basketball tournaments, ranging from seventh grade girls games to 10th and 11th grade boys contests.
The Midstate Lady Riders of New Britain earned the silver medal in the seventh grade girls division with its 32-37 loss to CT Spirit of Hartford.
In ninth grade boys action, New Britain HS/Top Flight took the bronze medal after a 30-28 win over WeR1 of Middletown.
The Berlin Youth Basketball team dropped its bronze medal match to For the Talented, 43-22, in the under-11 and under-12 boys division. Madison took the gold in that age group with a 38-34 win over Young Life.
Vale (Middletown), the Princeton Basketball Club and Savin Rock finished in first, second and third place in the ninth grade girls tournament as Vale beat Princeton, 42-30, in the gold-medal game.
Lastly, Young Life won the gold in the 11th grade boys tournament following its 89-87 win over the BFA Lions. New England Heights received the bronze via a forfeit from WeR1.
The 2021 Games ran from May to August with more than 7,500 athletes competing across 22 sports. This summer marked the 32 year of the Games, and also the last time the City of New Britain will host the tournament as it will move to Middletown beginning in 2022.
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