With rain gone, area teams look to get season ramped up this week

Published on Sunday, 9 April 2017 22:33
Written by DAVE GREENLEAF

Staff writer

Mother nature put a damper on the first week of the high school sports season last week, but with the weather looking up area teams should be able to get the season ramped up this week.

There are a couple of CCC South showdowns on tap this week in both softball and baseball, while St. Paul and Terryville teams hope to make some inroads in their conference schedules.

St. Paul and Bristol Eastern softball both managed to get in two games and finish the opening week of the season unbeaten.

The Falcons have three NVL games on tap this week, including a matchup at home against Woodland this afternoon. St. Paul is at Derby on Wednesday and travels to Watertown for a 1 p.m. start on Thursday. Watertown opened with a 24-1 win over Crosby last week and should be the biggest test of the week for the Falcons.

Eastern’s softball team is 2-0 in the CCC South after two lopsided wins last week. The Lancers step away from divisional play with three games on tap this week. Eastern makes the long trip to Storrs to play E.O. Smith in an interdivisional game today, then hosts Northwest Catholic on Wednesday before taking on Windsor in a 1 p.m. start on Friday. E.O. Smith is the only one of those teams to come away with a win last week.

Bristol Central’s softball team opened with a big CCC South win over New Britain last week before the rain and wet fields wiped out the rest of its scheduled games. The Rams have two big CCC South showdowns this week after an interdivisional game at Tolland today.

Central hosts Middletown on Wednesday and travels for a makeup game at Berlin on Thursday. Middletown was 14-6 a year ago and is 2-0 this season after solid wins over Platt and Newington. Berlin has yet to play this season, but the Redcoats are among the divisional preseason favorites.

Terryville’s girls lost their only game last week. The Kangaroos visit Nonnewaug this morning and travel to Housatonic on Wednesday.

Bristol Central and St. Paul both won their only baseball starts last week, while Bristol Eastern struggled to a pair of losses. The Lancers do not play this week until Thursday, when they travel to Meriden to take on Maloney. Eastern is also on the road Saturday with a visit to Norwich Free Academy.

Bristol Central faces three tough CCC South opponents on the road this week. The Rams pulled out a big walk-off win against Berlin in their season opener and will face another tough challenge on the road at New Britain this afternoon.

With its field still underwater, Central will take to the road for games at Middletown on Wednesday and at Plainville on Thursday.

St. Paul opened defense of its state championship with a solid win over Waterbury Career last week. The Falcons visit unbeaten Woodland today, host Derby on Wednesday and travel to Watertown on Thursday. Derby is 1-2, while Watertown has yet to play.

Bristol Central opened its bid for another CCC South track championship with wins by both the boys and girls teams last week. They were the only area team to get in a dual meet.

The Rams host Maloney on Tuesday, while Eastern takes on Platt at home. Terryville will host Northwestern and Litchfield in a 1 p.m. start, while St. Paul travels to Waterbury take on Holy Cross and Derby.

Bristol Eastern and St. Paul both picked up wins in the first week of boys lacrosse play, but local teams have a difficult week ahead.

St. Paul’s opening night win over Bristol Central is their only victory so far in the young season. The Falcons are at Watertown today and visit New Haven to take on Amistad on Thursday.

Central had its schedule washed out last week and will be off until Wednesday, when the Rams take on West Haven in a 6 p.m. start at home. the Rams host South Windsor on Friday at noon.

Bristol Eastern is 1-1 after its win over Wamogo last Friday. The Lancers face a tough one at home against Newington on Thursday in their only match of the week.

The local girls co-op team is 1-1 after a big win over Holy Cross and will look to add to that win total on the road this week. Bristol travels to Wallingford to take on Lyman Hall tonight and visits East Catholic on Wednesday. St. Paul’s girls are at Wolcott in their only match of the week on Wednesday.

Tennis and golf struggled to get matches in with the weather last week and with many schools off this week, the schedule is light.

Eastern’s golfers are slated to play at perennial champion Wethersfield today and Terryville will take on Lewis Mills and Wamogo on Wednesday. The rest of the local golfers will take another week off to let the courses dry out.

The tennis schedule is also light, but Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central’s boys will battle in their traditional non-league opener at Central on Wednesday. Eastern’s girls have a big match at home against always strong Glastonbury today and St. Paul will host Seymour on Thursday. Eastern’s boys visit Conard today.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 9 April 2017 22:33. Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2017 22:36.