• Can Cromwell do it again?
The Panthers have been to the Class S state title game in each of the last two years. The Shoreline Conference contender lost last season after winning it in 2012. With pitcher Logan Lessard (Bryant) and catcher Kevin Radziewicz (Fairfield), the Panthers could have enough to get back to the Class S title game again.
• Will we get an SCC champion?
The Southern Connecticut Conference tournament semifinals and final were halted last season due to rain for the first time in conference history. It is arguably the best conference in the state with Class LL defending champ Amity, Xavier, Shelton, and Hand. Mother Nature has not been cooperative during the preseason. Maybe she’ll soften up for the postseason.
• All hail the FCIAC?
The FCIAC had two teams win state championships last season and both of those teams, New Canaan (L) and St. Joseph (M), could be in contention yet again. With Greenwich (LL) possessing possibly the best arm in the state in Kyle Dunster, could the FCIAC capture three state titles in one season?
• Who will be this season’s North Haven?
Or Oxford? or Hand? All three teams got hot at the midpoint of last season and strung it into nice postseason runs. Oxford actually went on to win the Class S title. Typically teams with two good starters can make a run for the title. Law, with Jake Rouse and Dillon Rocha, seems well positioned to have a strong season, followed by a great postseason run.
Amity’s Mike Concato’s run of terror over the state’s hitters is now over with the New Haven Register All-Area and All-SCC mainstay now at Dartmouth. However, there are still many good pitchers capable of running roughshod through any lineup. Will Rios (St. Bernard), Dunster, Ronnie Rossomando (Bunnell), Mike Davis (Newtown) and John Amendola (Notre Dame-West Haven) highlight a group of very good pitchers in the state. Which one will be the best in 2014? Vote at www.gametimect.com. Voting closes Saturday at noon.