Fitch and Cheshire are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, as state tournament week begins. Cheshire did pick up two first-place votes from the panel of writers and coaches after winning the SCC title.
Last week: Defeated East Granby 7-0, Plainfield 15-0, Stonington 7-1 and NFA 2-1.
Bottom line: The Falcons defeated Norwich Free Academy three times this season, including in last week’s ECC tournament championship game. Fitch received a first-round bye in the Class L state tournament and will host either Guilford or Hand in the second round.
Last week: Def. Guilford 11-0, Amity 4-1 and Lauralton Hall 4-3.
Bottom line: The Rams won their second SCC title, and first since 2002 by scoring three times in the seventh inning to nip Lauralton Hall. Cheshire earned a first-round bye in Class LL and will face the winner of Danbury/Stamford in the second round.
Last week: Def. Bulkeley 26-0.
Bottom line: The Blue Knights begin their quest for a fourth straight Class LL title against the winner of Newington/Ridgefield in the second round on Wednesday.
|4. ST. JOSEPH
Last week: Def. Trumbull 6-1 and Stamford 7-1 .
Bottom line: The Cadets won their third straight FCIAC title by defeating Stamford in the final for the second consecutive season.
|6. NORTH BRANFORD
Last week: Def. East Hampton 17-1, HK 13-1 and Coginchaug 16-8.
Bottom line: The Thunderbirds won their second consecutive Shoreline Conference title.
|7. LAURALTON HALL
Last week: Def. West Haven 5-0, Hand 4-0 and lost to Cheshire 4-3.
Bottom line: The Crusaders lost in the SCC championship game for the second straight year.
Last week: Def. East Haven 5-2 and lost to Cheshire 4-1.
Bottom line: The Spartans lost to Cheshire three times this season.
|9. ROCKY HILL
Last week: Def. Middletown 2-0 and Newington 4-1.
Bottom line: The Terriers will host Woodland in the first round in Class M.
|10. HOLY CROSS
Last week: Def. Torrington 4-3 and lost to Seymour 6-0.
Bottom line: Two of the Crusaders three losses were against Seymour.
Dropped out: Westhill (10).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes
Norwich Free Academy (18-5), 135; Westhill (18-4), 104; East Haven (15-6), 90; Newtown (20-3), 75; Thomaston (18-2), 71; Maloney (16-4), 53; Masuk (18-4), 32; East Granby (18-4), 26; Torrington (17-5), 16; Pomperaug (18-5), 14; Granby (19-3), 9; Tolland (16-4), 8; Middletown (14-6), 7.
The following voted
Amanda Acampora, Lauralton Hall; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Scott Aresco, Maloney; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; George DeMaio, WELI; Vickie Fulkerson, The Day of New London; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Ken Pereiras, Seymour; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Mike Suppe, The HAN Network; Peter Vander Veer, The HAN Network; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.