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Friday, May 28, 2010

Class LL Breakdown


So as expected, unbeaten Amity is the top seed.

If all goes according to plan the Spartans could face No. 8 Xavier's ace Shaun Coughlin in the semifinals. That could potentially be Amity's first tough matchup of the state tournament.

First, Xavier may have to get by a speedy and scrappy No. 9 New Britain team that is battle tested coming out of the CCC West Division.

No. 4 Bristol Central draws a high seed once again. The previous three years Bristol Central has been a top five seed and has not been able to reach past the quarterfinals. It could face a tough No. 13 Masuk squad in the second round, which upset Bristol Central in 2008.

FCIAC runner-up Greenwich is the No. 5 seed and could have a potential intriguing matchup in the second round with No. 12 Southington. Southington is another team coming out of a strong CCC West Division.

But first Southington will get No. 21 Westhill, a team that surprised Staples in the first round of the FCIAC tournament.

The Wreckers will look to rebound as the No. 2 seed in the field. No. 7 Shelton and No. 10 Newington make up the best possible second round game in Class LL. Then the winner would likely get Staples in the quarterfinals.

SWC powerhouse Pomperaug gets the No. 3 seed. The Panthers have a strong pitching staff, so that will be helpful for the postseason. But Pomperaug could face No. 14 Cheshire in the second round. The Rams are one of those teams that are better than their record after getting beat up in the SCC during the regular season.

Champion: Amity. It's the safe choice and with pitchers Louis Concato and Joe Ciancola, why go against them?
Here is the Class LL bracket.


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