And now, reason 1,632,423 that the CIAC single-elimination baseball tournament is, in the words of occasional GameTimeCT correspondent Ray Curren, “more of a crapshoot than an actual crapshoot.“: The second-seeded teams have all been ousted.
Tourney favorites Hamden (Class LL), Berlin (L) and East Catholic (M) were all shown the door in the first round by Xavier, North Haven and Brookfield, respectively.
NVL runner up Holy Cross (M) was the lone hold out. The Crusaders were promptly taken out by No. 15-seeded Gilbert, 8-5, in the second round the next day.
The state baseball tournament is a cruel, cruel beast.
Congratulations on your great regular season and earning the No. 2 tournament seed! Have a great off season.
To be fair, the 2s weren’t the only high seeds that couldn’t germinate in states.
Morgan (Class S) is the only No. 3 seed to reach the quarterfinals. The other three were ousted in the second round Wednesday.
Third-seeded FCIAC champion Darien (LL) was ousted by Joe Nemchek and FCIAC runner-up Trumbull, 5-4, in the second round. Tolland (M) was bounced by Northwestern, 2-0. Wilcox Tech fought the good fight, but succumbed to a three-run rally by No. 19 and SWC Champion New Fairfield, 4-3.
Same with the No. 6 seeds: SMSA is the only one remaining. The other three lost in the first round.
Overall, the surviving quarterfinal seeds look like this:
- CLASS LL: 1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14, 21 and 34.
- CLASS L: 1, 4, 5, 9, 11, 19, 23 and 31.
- CLASS M: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 27.
- CLASS S: 1, 3, 4, 6, 12, 15, 23 and 24.
Yes, all four No. 1-seeded teams are still alive. That includes No. 1-ranked Amity — which has won 12-consecutive postseason games and has yet to allow a run in this year’s Class LL tournament — Bristol Eastern (L), Waterford (M) and NVL Champ Oxford (S).
So, too are, are all four No. 4 seeds: SWC runner-up New Milford (LL), East Lyme (L), Haddam-Killingworth (M), and St. Paul (S).
Conversely, there are two 30+ seeds remaining (Xavier and North Haven), five 20+ seeds remaining and 11 teen-seeds remaining.
Amity is also one of three defending state champions remaining, all of them from the SCC. North Haven and Sheehan are the other two. Defending Class S champion Northwest Catholic was bumped to Class M this year and lost in the first round.
As for the leagues, the SCC has the most teams remaining (6). It is followed by the ECC (5), Shoreline (5), NVL (4) and CCC (4).
The FCIAC has just three teams left. The Berkshire league has two. The SWC has two. The NCCC has just one: SMSA.
Tourney champs still alive: Oxford (NVL), Amity (SCC), New Fairfield (SWC), Cromwell (Shoreline).
Tourney runners-up still alive: Notre Dame-WH (SCC), Trumbull (FCIAC), New Milford (SWC), Waterford (ECC).