MIDDLETOWN >> Monday’s scheduled Middletown at Cheshire American Legion game was postponed because of inclement weather. The entire four-game series has been reworked as follows:
Middletown is at Cheshire Tuesday, as scheduled, at 5:45 p.m. at Cheshire High School.
However,Wednesday’s scheduled single game is now a doubleheader at Palmer Field beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Thursday game, originally a Middletown home game, will now be played in Cheshire at 5:45 p.m.
Middletown’s Fan Appreciation Night will be held during Wednesday’s second game at Palmer Field.
The reshuffling allows both teams to have two home games. However, the weather Tuesday may force another postponement.
The series will determine the Zone 3 champion. For Cheshire to win the zone, it must win three of the four games. For Middletown to win the zone, it must win two games.
If the teams finish in a tie (Cheshire would have to win three games to force that), then the first tie-breaker, head-to-head competition, would give the zone title to Cheshire.
All other Zone 3 teams have been eliminated from zone championship contention. However, under Legion tournament rules, the top five teams in each zone qualify.
Middletown, Cheshire, Meriden and Berlin have all clinched state postseason berths. Wallingford needs one win in its last four games to clinch the fifth spot.
Beginning Sunday, there will be two days of single elimination playoffs involving the Nos. 2 through 5 teams for all eight zones for a total of 32 teams. The 16 winners on Sunday will play a second round on Monday.
Those eight survivors will play the zone champions in a best of three series beginning Wednesday, July 23. The eight winners from those series will advance to a double elimination round in Bristol or Stamford (Zone 3 is assigned to Stamford), and the winner from each location will play a best of three series to determinethe state champion.
All Legion postseason games are nine innings.