No. 2 HOLY CROSS (24-2) vs. No. 9 ST. PAUL (21-5)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Biondi Field, West Haven
Radio/Internet: WAVZ 1300-AM
Championship game appearances: St. Paul is making its first appearance; Holy Cross, the two-time defending champion, is making its sixth appearance in the state finals winning the Class LL title in 1989 in addition to the two Class S championships.
What to look for: Holy Cross won the lone meeting between them this season 5-3 on May 1 as Gabby Goldman and Hannah Brown had two hits each. Holy Cross senior pitcher Sarah Lawton recorded her 900th career strikeout in a semifinal win over Coventry. Twin sisters Allie and Hannah Brown have served as table setters for Holy Cross with Allie starting the winning rally in the semifinal win. Brigid Johndrow, Allie Milardo and Jessica Persechino all finished the regular season hitting over .500 during the regular season with Johndrow recording 26 of the team’s 60 stolen bases.
You should know: This is the second time since 2007 that conference rivals have met in a state softball final joining in the 2016 Class LL final when Cheshire defeated SCC rival Amity. … The teams have combined for seven losses and five of them have come to Class M finalist Seymour.