WEST HAVEN >> They meet again.
SCC Housatonic Division rivals Amity and Cheshire will meet for the fourth time this season, with this latest contest to decide the Class LL champion.
The championship game between the top-seeded Rams (26-0) and the No. 6 Spartans is scheduled for Saturday at 4 at Biondi Field in West Haven.
Cheshire defeated the Spartans by scores of 2-0 and 5-4 during the regular season. The Rams then earned a 4-1 victory over Amity in the SCC tournament semifinals.
“I think it will be a really good game,” Amity senior pitcher Katie Koshes said. “It’s definitely going to be exciting.”
Each team is looking for some championship game redemption.
Cheshire lost to Southington in last season’s Class LL title game. The entire Rams’ roster committed to not only returning to the championship game but to finish the job.
“It’s so meaningful for us,” Cheshire senior pitcher Abby Abramson said about the Rams’ return trip to the title game. “We’ve worked so hard, everyone one this team did. I cannot think of any other girls who deserve this. We’ve put in the work — so much work — from the preseason all the way through. We want to make Cheshire High proud.”
Cheshire is making its sixth appearance in a state championship game, but the Rams are still in search of their first title.
“That would be so special for us,” Abramson said. “We still got some work to do before we get there.”
Abramson started at shortstop in last season’s championship game. She has since developed into one of the best pitchers in the state.
Abramson, who was named the SCC player of the year, has allowed just 13 hits, four earned runs and has struck out 33 in the three previous meetings against the Spartans this season.
But Abramson knows it won’t be easy to defeat Amity again.
“It’s like a new game,” Abramson said. “It’s almost like a different team. We just have to come out there and do our game plan no matter who we’re playing.”
This is the second state championship game appearance in the past three seasons for Amity. The Spartans lost to Southington 1-0 in 15 innings in the 2014 final. Koshes surrendered the game-winning home run in that contest.
“I’m so excited,” Koshes said. “It means so much, since we didn’t come home with a win last time. So, this time, I’m hoping for us seniors and the rest of the players, that we can come home with a win.”
Amity has six seniors, including pitcher/designated hitter Morgan Perry.
“We were there sophomore year and we didn’t want it to end that way,” Perry said. “So, getting back there is great. I can’t wait to see what we do.”
Sara Hale, the junior varsity coach for the past 15 years, was appointed the interim head coach at Amity during the offseason.
“We have a special group of girls, and I knew we did coming in,” Hale said. “I’m extremely proud of them. They have worked so hard all season. They are doing a great job.”