The last three seasons the SCC and NVL are tied with four state champions coming out of each conference.
The SCC has seen Cheshire, Amity, Notre Dame-West Haven and Foran, which beat North Haven in 2017, win titles, while St. Paul, Holy Cross and Seymour have won out of the NVL with Seymour defeating Wolcott to win Class M last season.
The conferences once again have teams primed to make runs to titles in all four classes.
The two conferences occupy the top spots in three of the four classes.
Cheshire is the No. 1 seed in Class LL, Hand is No. 4 in L, Wolcott is No. 1 in M and Woodland is No. 5 and in Class S Holy Cross is the No. 1 seed with St. Paul as the No. 6.
The last time the SCC was not represented in a state championship game was way back in 1999.
The first round of the state tournaments should feature some of the best pitching matchups in recent memory with so many teams possessing top-flight arms.
MLB scouts have been flocking to games all over the state this spring checking out the likes of Montana Semmel of Westhill, Ken Turner of Ledyard, Henry Williams of Darien, Chad Knight of Staples, Jack Donofrio of Simsbury and Zach Donohue of South Windsor.
Those highly-touted arms are just the tip of the iceberg with many more teams running out Division-1 college recruits, many of whom will be throwing in the Opening Round.
The challenge comes in the second round when the teams with deeper pitching staffs find themselves with an advantage.
Getting upper hand
The Hand Tigers have never played in CIAC championship game.
Last season as the No. 3 seed in Class L, the Tigers bowed out in the second round to No. 14 New Fairfield.
In 2017, it was a first-round exit and in 2016, they did not qualify for the tournament.
This group of Tigers is looking to change that, coming in as the No. 4 seed in L with a matchup against No. 29 E.O. Smith in the opening round.
The Tigers have been one of the few Class L schools ranked in the GametimeCT top 10 all season with a mix of talented seniors and juniors including senior Julian Banerji and junior UConn-commit Phoenix Billings.
If form holds, Hand will have to get past SWC champions No. 5 Bethel in the quarterfinals ahead of a matchup with No. 1 Berlin in the semifinals.
Fairfield Ludlowe in the fast lane
Like Hand out of the SCC, Ludlowe from the FCIAC has never won a state championship.
The Falcons did appear in the 2008 Class L final but lost to Law.
Fairfield High did win a Class LL in 2002 when Ludlowe and Warde were combined into one school but the Falcons have never claimed their own.
This year, the team is poised to make a run in LL with 15 seniors on the roster.
Playing as the No. 6 seed in LL, Ludlowe is taking on rival No. 27 Warde in the opening round.
Warde beat Ludlowe in the regular season but the Falcons got revenge, knocking the Mustangs out in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
For what it is worth, Warde lost in the LL final in 2017. Before the schools merged, Andrew Warde won Class LL in 1981.
As for the Falcons, one-through-nine the lineup is one of the most potent in the state with the ability to put up big numbers.
Pitchers Connor O’Neil and Chris Benton have established themselves among the top arms in the FCIAC.
The Falcons have also shown a penchant for winning close games, walking off with four extra-inning wins this season.
Same old debate
The last four champions of Class S have been Catholic schools of choice.
Notre Dame-Fairfield, Holy Cross, St. Paul and Northwest Catholic have claimed the titles since 2015.
Portland was the last public school to win in Class S in 2014.
This year, Holy Cross enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed with St. Paul occupying the No. 6 seed.
Notre Dame-Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Immaculate are all in the Class S field, as well.
Seeds 2-5 in Class S belong to public schools Coventry, Portland, Shepaug Valley and Lyman Memorial.