City matchups highlight week ahead in area high school sports

Published on Sunday, 29 April 2018 21:21
Written by DAVE GREENLEAF

Staff writer

The first round of city series games comes up this week as the high school spring season moves past its midpoint.

Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern will square off on the links Tuesday and on the baseball and softball diamonds on Wednesday, while St. Paul takes on the Bristol co-op in girls lacrosse tonight.

Most of the other teams will scramble to make up games lost to weather in another busy week. In addition to the city games, the week features a big CCC South showdown in track between Bristol Central and Middletown on Tuesday.

The softball game between the Rams and the Lancers is scheduled for Wednesday at 3:45 at Bristol Eastern. The Lancers have dominated the series in recent years and will be the favorites again. Eastern has been on a roll since dropping its opening game and has won seven in a row.

The Lancers can clinch a postseason berth with a win today at Newington. Eastern also has a makeup game at Middletown tomorrow before taking on the Rams.

Bristol Central’s young team has struggled in recent games, coming out on the wrong end of a lot of close scores to fall to 3-7. The Rams have a couple of chances to turn it around with a trip to Bloomfield today and a home match with Platt tomorrow. Central also has a visit to Rocky Hill on tap Friday.

The baseball game will be played at Muzzy Field starting at 6 p.m. The Lancers won both games by shutout in two closely contested contests last year and the Rams will be looking to turn that trend around this season.

Central, with a starting lineup of seven sophomores, has had an up and down season thus far and a victory over the Lancers would go a long way toward getting things on track for the second half.

The Rams are 4-5 on the season, still four wins from the postseason. Before taking on Eastern Wednesday, Central will take on Windsor tonight at Muzzy Field. The Rams will host Conard on Friday, hoping to be able to get on its home field for the first time this season with some cooperation from the weather.

Eastern has won three straight and is playing very good baseball. The Lancers are 7-3 and will clinch a postseason berth if they can beat a solid Wethersfield team at home at Muzzy Field today. In addition to Wednesday’s game at Central, the Lancers have a makeup game at Glastonbury tomorrow and host Berlin on Friday night at Muzzy.

Tonight’s lacrosse game should be a close contest. St. Paul has had success in the early going, while the Bristol team has battled to a 2-4 record against some tough competition. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start at St. Paul.

Local golfers have struggled to find playing time in the early going, so Tuesday’ clash between the Rams and the Lancers at Chippanee will come earlier than usual in the schedule. Central is 1-1 and Eastern has played just four matches.

St. Paul’s baseball and softball teams are comfortably into the postseason and are playing for seeding as the second half begins. The Falcons baseball squad is 10-1 and has won nine in a row.

St. Paul takes on Sacred Heart on the road today, plays Seymour at home tomorrow, travels to Torrington on Wednesday and host Derby in Friday in a very busy week. St. Paul is currently the No. 3 seed in the Class S field.

St. Paul’s softball team is 8-1 and has a four-game week on tap. The Falcons host Holy Cross today, Ansonia tomorrow and Torrington Wednesday before closing out the week at Derby on Friday. At 9-3, Holy Cross will be the biggest challenge.

Terryville softball broke into the win column last week at Crosby and the Kangaroos will look to add to the win streak with five games this week, starting with a visit to archrival Thomaston today.

The Terryville baseball team is 4-6 and needs four wins to advance to postseason play. The Kangaroos kick off the second half of the season today at home against Thomaston.

The track meet between Central and Middletown features a clash of unbeatens on both the boys and girls side. The meet will be held at Central on Tuesday afternoon. Central will also compete in the Middletown Invitational on Saturday.

Bristol Eastern will host Maloney Tuesday and will also compete in the Middletown Invitational over the weekend.

St. Paul’s boys and girls lacrosse teams continued their strong seasons last week. The boys improved to 9-0 and will take on Holy Cross at home on Friday in their only match of the week.

The girls improved to 4-2 and in addition to the city series clash tonight with Bristol, the Falcons will visit Lewis Mills in a makeup game tomorrow and host Wolcott on Thursday and Lewis Mills on Friday.

The Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central teams have found the going much more difficult as they take on tough CCC schedules. Both teams are still looking for their first win. Eastern hosts Newington today and visits Tolland on Thursday. Central hosts East Catholic today and visits Berlin on Thursday.

The Bristol girls co-op team has had some success outside the league, but has struggled against the CCC. In addition to tonight’s match at St. Paul, the girls will travel to unbeaten Tolland tomorrow and visit Newington on Friday.

Tennis and golf teams will also have a busy week ahead.

Bristol Central’s boys have the best record among area tennis teams and could add to the win column with matches against Simsbury at home today, at Northwest Catholic on Thursday and at Windsor on Friday.

Eastern’s boys earned their first win last week and could also add to the win total this week. Eastern is home against Farmington today and Windsor tomorrow, visits Bulkeley Thursday and New Britain on Friday.

St. Paul leads the way on the girls side with a 6-2 mark. The Falcons host Holy Cross today and Torrington on Wednesday and visit Ansonia Thursday.

Bristol Central has a full week with a visit to Farmington today before coming home to face Maloney, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Bristol Eastern is 2-4 and has road matches at Northwest Catholic, South Windsor and Newington this week before finishing up at home against Rocky Hill on Friday.

St. Paul’s girls golfers have one match this week, at home against Cheshire this afternoon. The St. Paul boys host Holy Cross today in their only match of the week.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 29 April 2018 21:21. Updated: Sunday, 29 April 2018 21:24.