City showdowns in track and tennis highlight the week ahead in area high school sports

Published on Sunday, 14 May 2017 22:41

Staff writer

A couple of city series showdowns highlight the week ahead as the high school sports season moves into its final weeks.

The annual track meet between Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern is slated for Tuesday at Eastern and the week wraps up with the city series tennis matches on Friday.

With most area teams already knowing their postseason fate, games this week will be primarily for seeding position or pride. Only the Bristol Central and Terryville girls softball teams and Terryville baseball team are still vying for postseason berths.

City bragging rights will be the main thing on the line in the track matchup on Tuesday. Bristol Central’s boys will come into the match as the undefeated favorites looking for a win that will claim at least a share of the CCC South Blue division title. The Central girls dropped out of the top spot after last week’s loss to Wethersfield. Eastern’s teams will be looking for individual bests and the chance for some athletes to qualify or improve on postseason seedings.

Bristol Eastern won both of the tennis matches when the teams met during the first week of the season, but Central’s teams have shown some improvement since then and hope to be more competitive the second time around. The girls will battle at Central on Friday while the boys match will be at Eastern.

Central’s girls have won six out of eight since losing a 5-2 decision to Eastern and have taken over the second place spot in the CCC South Blue. The Lancers are 7-4 on the season and are fourth in the divisional race. Before the city series meet on Friday, the Lancers will take on Platt at home today and a tough Hall team on the road on Wednesday. Central travels to Plainville today and to Southington on Wednesday.

On the boys side, Eastern scored a 5-2 win in the first meeting and will be the favorite again at home on Friday. But Central is hoping to turn things around as the Rams have become more competitive in recent outings. Central is 2-6 on the season and hosts Plainville today in its only other match of the week. Eastern is currently 5-4 and hosts Platt today and Windsor Locks on Friday.

With tournament clinching wins by both Central and Eastern baseball last week, only Terryville remains to wrap up a tourney spot and the Kangaroos need just one win in their final six games. Included on the Terryville schedule this week is a clash with St. Paul at St. Paul on Thursday. Terryville will host Shepaug today and visit Thomaston on Tuesday. The Kangaroos wrap up the week at home against Lewis Mills on Friday. Terryville hopes to clinch its tourney berth with a repeat of an earlier win over Shepaug today.

Central squeaked out a win over winless Rocky Hill on Friday to clinch its tourney spot. The Rams are one of three teams tied for the 18th seed in the Class L rankings with an 8-7 record and will take on one of those teams this afternoon in a rematch with Maloney in Meriden. The Spartans won the first meeting 5-1 in early April. Central will host E.O. Smith on Wednesday and Platt on Friday as they bid to move up in the rankings.

Bristol Eastern is the third team tied at 8-7 in the Class L field. The Lancers will take on winless Rocky Hill at Muzzy Field this afternoon then have a couple of tough road matchups at Simsbury under the lights tomorrow and at Newington on Thursday.

Defending Class S State Champion St. Paul is currently the number three seed in the Class S field with a 14-2 record. The Falcons look to hold on to that top three ranking as they wrap up the regular season with four games this week. But the Falcons face a very difficult start to the week as they travel today 15-2 Oxford, one of the two teams to beat them this season, then come home Tuesday to face 17-0 Holy Cross, currently the top seed in the Class S Field. St. Paul host 10-6 Naugatuck on Wednesday before closing out the season at home against Terryville on Thursday.

In softball, both Bristol Central and Terryville face a tough road in their bids to make the postseason. The Rams are 5-11 and need to win three of their final four to avoid elimination. Central host 4-12 Maloney tonight under the lights at Casey Field but has another one of its string of matches against the state’s heavyweights on Wednesday when they travel to 11-3 South Windsor. The Rams wrap up the week at 6-9 Platt on Friday.

Terryville also faces a difficult road. The Kangaroos need three more wins and face two teams this week that beat them handily the first time around. Terryville travels to Shepaug today and host Lewis Mills on Friday. The Kangaroos host 2-14 Crosby on Wednesday.

Bristol Eastern softball continued on its hot streak, winning four games last week to improve to 14-2 and take over the six seed in the Class LL rankings. The Lancers have just two games this week. They take on struggling Rocky Hill under the lights tonight at Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill and then host 13-2 Newington in a CCC South Blue showdown on Thursday.

St. Paul is the eighth seed in the Class S field and the Falcons will be looking to hold on to that spot and its accompanying home games as they take on Oxford today and Farmington on Thursday at home to wrap up the season. St. Paul squeaked out a 1-0 decision over Oxford in the first meeting. Farmington brings an 11-4 record out of the tough CCC Central Division.

With the postseason out of reach for most, area lacrosse teams are playing for pride this week. The Eastern boys visit Rockville today and travel to Wolcott on Wednesday with a chance to add to their win total. The Central boys have a pair of CCC South matches on tap. They are home tonight against Windsor and travel to Rockville on Saturday as they look for their first divisional wins. The Bristol girls co-op team will also be looking for its first divisional win as they take on Rocky Hill at Eastern on Tuesday. They will visit Holy Cross, one of the teams they have beaten this season, on Friday in Waterbury.

St. Paul’s boys are into the postseason with their 8-5 record, and could improve their seeding as they wrap up the regular season at home this week against Immaculate on Wednesday and Canton on Saturday afternoon. The St. Paul girls will be looking for their third win of the season in their only match this week, at home against 1-9 Amistad on Friday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 14 May 2017 22:41. Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2017 22:44.