Baseball and Softball Teams Open CIAC State Tournaments on Tuesday

The brackets for the CIAC State Tournaments in baseball, softball, boys volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse and girls and boys team tennis were announced on Friday morning. Below is a overview of the bracket seedings and games  for local baseball and softball teams.

Baseball

Each first round game will be played Tuesday afternoon at the higher seed, with second round games being played the following day.

South Windsor, Manchester and Glastonbury will each compete in Class LL. South Windsor (15-5) is seeded No. 6 and will play No. 27 Fairfield Ludlowe (9-11) in the first round. If the Bobcats win, they will host either No. 11 Simsbury or No. 22 Westhill. South Windsor lost in the first round of last year’s tournament. No. 16 Manchester (12-8) will host No. 17 Danbury (12-8) Tuesday. If MHS manages to win, it will be faced with the tough task of most likely facing top-seeded  Amity (19-1) in the second round, which faces Stamford. Manchester lost in the first round of last year’s tournament to Southington. Glastonbury (9-11) is seeded 29th and will play at No. 4 New Milford (16-4) Tuesday. If the Tomahawks win, they will play at either Greenwich or Bristol Central. GHS lost in last year’s second round to Amity.

No. 17 Fermi (11-9) is the lone team competing in Class L. The Falcons will play at No. 16 Windsor (11-9) Tuesday. If it wins, it could also face a No. 1 seed in Bristol Eastern (18-2) the next day, as well as host No. 32 Barlow (8-12). Fermi was upset in last year’s first round by New London.

Five teams (East Catholic, Tolland, Ellington, Suffield, Rockville) qualified for the Class M Tournament. East Catholic (17-3) and Tolland (15-4) are two of the favorites for the championship, as they are seeded second and third behind Waterford of the ECC. East Catholic will host No. 34 Brookfield (9-12) on Tuesday, while Tolland will face No. 30 Ledyard (10-11). If East Catholic wins, it will play either No. 15 Sheehan or No. 18 North Branford, while Tolland could match up against No. 14 Northwestern or No. 19 Wolcott Tech. East Catholic was the top seed in last year’s tournament but lost to champion Sheehan in the semifinals, while Tolland defeated University/Classical before falling to runner-up Montville. Ellington (14-6) is seeded ninth and will play No. 24 Ansonia (11-9). If the Knights triumph, they will face either No. 8 Wolcott or No. 5 Bacon Academy. Last season, Ellington defeated Prince Tech in the first round before losing at Sheehan. No. 13 Suffield (13-7) will play No. 20 St. Joseph’s (12-8), with a matchup looming against either No. 4 Haddam-Killingworth or No. 29 Norwich Tech if it wins. The Wildcats lost in the first round last year to Ledyard. No. 22 Rockville (11-9) will travel to No. 11 Granby (13-7). If the Rams win, they will play either Valley Regional or Stonington. Rockville failed to qualify last season.

No. 31 Somers (8-12) is the lone team that qualified in Class S. The Spartans have been “rewarded” with a daunting matchup against second-seeded Holy Cross (16-4). If they pull off the upset, they will face either No. 15 Gilbert or No. 18 Housatonic Regional. Somers defeated Terryville in last year’s first round before falling to Career.

SOFTBALL

Each first round game will be played Tuesday afternoon at the higher seed, with second round games being played the following day.

South Windsor and Glastonbury will compete in the LL Tournament. South Windsor (14-6) is seeded 11th and will host No. 22 New Milford (11-9). If the Bobcats win, they will battle either No. 6 Amity or No. 27 Bristol Eastern. South Windsor was seeded fourth last season and advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-seeded and eventual champion Southington. No. 20 Glastonbury (12-8) will play at No. 13 West Haven (13-7), with a victory leading to a matchup with either No. 4 Newtown or No. 29 Ne Britain. The Tomahawks lost to Newtown in last year’s first round.

RHAM and Rockville will participate in the L Tournament. No. 8 RHAM (15-5) will host No. 25 Sacred Heart (9-11). If the Sachems win, they will play either No. 9 East Haven or No. 24 Mercy. RHAM upset Barlow last season before losing to Sheehan. No. 11 Rockville (13-5) will host No. 22 Ledyard (9-11). If it wins as expected, the team will face either No. 6 Foran or No. 27 Law. Last season, the fourth-seeded Rams were upset in their first game by North Haven.

Ellington, Tolland and Suffield will compete in the M Tournament. No. 7 Ellington (17-3) will host No. 26 Lewis Mills (10-10) Monday, and will face either No. 10 Stonington or No. 23 Wolcott with a win. Ellington defeated Suffield before falling to top-seeded and eventual champion St. Joseph. No. 9 Tolland (16-4) and No. 24 Suffield (11-9) will face one another Tuesday, with the winner playing either Griswold or Plainfield. Tolland was seeded sixth last season and advanced all the way to the semifinals before falling to Oxford.

Windsor Locks and Somers qualified for the S Tournament. No. 13 Windsor Locks (13-7) will host No. 20 Hale Ray (12-8). If the Raiders win, they will face either East Granby or Sacred Heart. Windsor Locks did not qualify for last year’s tournament. No. 21 Somers (11-9) will face No. 12 MLC (13-6). If the Spartans play, they will battle either Capital Prep or Lyman Memorial. Somers lost in last year’s qualifying round to Sacred Heart.

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