Tuesday marked the first state tournament games held in Connecticut since December of 2019 and it was a wild welcome back on the baseball fields across the state.
For all baseball state tournament scores and matchups check out our scoreboard and schedule.
You get a 20 spot and you get a 20 spot
Fives teams — Hale Ray 27-0, Rocky Hill 26-1, East Catholic 23-1, Suffield 23-2, Bethel 22-2 — scored more than 20 runs with a sixth, North Haven scoring 19.
Historical first round exits
— John Pierson (@JPPierson) June 2, 2021
No. 9 Amity was unable to advance from the Class LL first round for the first time since 2002. The Spartans were no-hit by Norwalk’s Alistair Morin, losing 4-0.
No. 22 St. Joseph lost in the Class M first round to No. 11 Bacon Academy 8-1. It is the first loss in the first round for the Cadets since 2007.
Gone are the last champs
Staples, St. Joseph and Coventry — three of the four state champions from the 2019 season lost in the first round. Waterford won its first game.
A new face atop Class LL
Amity, No. 8 Staples and No. 29 Cheshire were all eliminated on day one. The three schools combined to win the last seven Class LL titles, meaning the top class will have a champion outside of those three for the first time since Shelton won in 2012.
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Tim Pearson came through with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap off the Fairfield Prep comeback 2-1 win over Fairfield Ludlowe.
Extra action in Class M
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The first state tournament game of the day between NVL rivals, Watertown and Wolcott went eight innings.
Tino Tanganelli hit a 3-run home run in the top of the eighth for Watertown in the 7-4 win.
Wolcott had the game-winning run on third base in the bottom of the seventh.
Tolland outlasted KIllingly, 8-6 in 12 innings in the Class M first round.
Tolland scored four times in the top of the seventh to tie Killingly and then added two more in the top of the 12th inning for the lead.
20 vs. 20
— Scott Gura (@scottgura6) June 2, 2021
Three second round games will feature teams seeded in the 20s:
Class LL No. 25 New Canaan at No. 24 Norwalk
Class M No. 28 Tolland at No. 21 Sheehan
Class S No. 29 Litchfield at No. 20 North Branford
Additional teams seeded in the 20s still remaining in:
Class LL: No. 20 Newtown (play No. 4 Greenwich); No. 21 Shelton (play No. 5 Fairfield Warde)
Class L: No. 20 Wilton (play No. 4 Woodstock Academy); No. 22 Lyman Hall (play No. 6 Fitch); No. 23 Barlow (play No. 7 Windsor); No. 25 Notre Dame-West Haven (play No. 9 Bethel)
Class M: No. 20 Rocky Hill (play No. 4 Waterford)
Class S: No. 23 Northwest Catholic (play No. 7 Canton); No. 24 Shepaug (play No. 8 Cromwell); No. 28 Immaculate (play No. 12 Thomaston)