Yesterday was a rather interesting day in the world of SCC tournament baseball - first Cheshire continued their outstanding play of late by beating Amity 6-2. It is only the third win by Cheshire over a Spartan team in the last decade. The win sends Cheshire to the SCC championship game for the first time since 1996. The Rams lost to Notre Dame WH 6-3 in the “96” title game.
Amity coach Sal Coppola must be very concerned with his clubs recent play - they lost the final two games of the regular season to Foran 1-0 and North Haven 8-7 and have be victorious only twice in there last five.
They did rebound to defeat Foran 4-0 in the SCC quarterfinals but look lackluster yesterday. To be fair the Spartans have lost a couple of key members for the season because of injury. Third baseman Mark Esposito and center fielder Chris Katz are both gone. Esposito was a solid defensive third baseman, while Katz was an important clog in the batting order.
The Spartan defense suffered yesterday too. Cheshire exposed some cracks in the infield using the bunt as an offensive weapon.
They Spartans will be a high seed when the CIAC Class LL pairings are announced later today and should begin the tournament with a couple of home games.
Cheshire has been just the opposite down the stretch and seems to be peaking at the right time and the result seven consecutive wins. The pitching staff in particular has been amazing. They had combined for 28 scoreless innings before Amity scored a pair of runs in the 6th inning of yesterday’s semifinal game.
Two of the Rams starters Ryan Rougeot and Max Slade have allowed just 10-hits in two tournament wins. The offense is red hot too, scoring 11 runs in the tournament. They have been led by catcher Connor David 5-hits in the SCC tournament and Tyler Robinson 6-hits.
Cheshire will play Fairfield Prep in the SCC Championship game on Saturday. The Jesuits will make a bit of school history as they make their first-ever appearance in the SCC championship game. The tournament dates back in 1995.
The Jesuits are a very athletic team and appear to playing there best baseball at the end of the season. The have won eight in row, there last loss was back on May 6 when they were beaten by rival Xavier 8-7.
The Jesuits are led by shortstop Alex Heiman and DH Antony Redamonti.
Cheshire and Fairfield will square off in the SCC title game on Saturday May 28 at Yale Field with a noontime start.
SportingNewsCT.com will broadcast the game live.
Tonight on Sportingnewsct.com we broadcast the Boy’s and Girl’s SWC Lacrosse championship games from Pomperaug High School.
The boy’s game is set for 5pm and features New Fairfield vs. Newtown and the girl’s game at 7pm with Joel Barlow vs. Newtown.
We have have the broadcast replays of the SCC tournament games on www.sportingnewsct.com