The weather seems to have turned for the better and with it, the spring season is now in full swing. As long as the aforementioned weather holds up, this week offers plenty of interesting matchups across the sports spectrum.
The area high school baseball teams have a week full of intra-conference showdowns with Berlin and Plainville getting things started today. The Redcoats (2-2) will travel to face Northwest Catholic, while the Blue Devils (3-2) will make the short trip to Bristol to take on Bristol Eastern.
Berlin will also host East Catholic on Thursday and Glastonbury Saturday afternoon. Plainville, meanwhile, will play Rockville at home on Friday to round out its week.
Elsewhere, Southington will face off against New Britain on Wednesday in what could be a matchup of two of the top teams in the CCC as the season plays out. The Blue Knights are 3-1 and feature a solid pitching staff. The Hurricanes aren’t to be outdone, however. At 4-1, they have a tough combination of hitting and pitching that will be tough for any opponent.
After having Thursday off, both will be back on the diamond on Friday with New Britain hosting South Windsor to close out its week of play and Southington playing against Hall. The Blue Knights will then host Greenwich (1-4) on Saturday morning.
Newington (3-0) starts its week with back-to-back road games - first at Hall on Tuesday and at Conard on Wednesday. The Indians will be at home on Friday to take on Bloomfield.
The softball side isn’t short of solid games either. As per usual, Southington started off its season with a win last Wednesday and might not be ready to lose anytime soon. The Blue Knights have a busy week ahead with four games on the schedule. First up will be Rockville this afternoon (home), followed by Simsbury on Tuesday (home) and Bristol Central (away) on Wednesday to complete their three games in three days stretch. After having Thursday for practice, Southington will travel to West Hartford on Friday for a matchup with Hall.
New Britain started off its season 3-1 thanks to a string of offensive-heavy games and will look to continue that trend tonight against Conard under the lights of Martha Hart Park. The Hurricanes will follow that game up with another night home game, this one against Northwest Catholic, on Wednesday. A road game at East Catholic will close out their week.
Berlin won its first three games of its season last week and will get going again on Tuesday at Rocky Hill in the first of three straight games. A home game against Windsor will take place on Wednesday, while the Redcoats travel to South Windsor on Thursday.
Newington (3-1) and Plainville (0-3) will also play three times this week. The Indians will look to continue their strong start beginning Wednesday against Farmington, followed by an away game at Manchester on Friday and another home game, against Glastonbury, on Saturday.
The Blue Devils, still looking for their first win, might be able to get it this week. They take on Enfield on the road today and will play Weaver at home on Wednesday with their final game of the week at Bloomfield on Friday.
But it isn’t just on the diamond where there are exciting matchups, there is also the lacrosse fields.
On the boys side, Berlin, Newington and Southington will each take the field three times. The highlight matchup of the week, though, will be when the Indians take on the Redcoats Wednesday night at Sage Park.
Prior to that game, Newington will travel to South Windsor today and Lyman Hall on Friday. Berlin, meanwhile, will travel out to RHAM on Tuesday and then over to Bristol Eastern on Friday.
Southington will travel to Farmington today, down to Fairfield Warde on Thursday and to Guilford Saturday afternoon.
While Newington and Berlin will be the most local matchup for the boys lacrosse teams, for the girls, that will take place on Friday when the Indians head over to play Southington at 5 p.m.
Of course, both teams will already have two games prior to this meeting. Newington will be the busiest with it being at Conard on Tuesday and at Simsbury on Wednesday. Following their game with the Blue Knights, the Indians will host Hall. Southington takes on Windsor on the road Tuesday night to start its week.
Berlin will have two games as well. First up for the Redcoats will be Tolland on Wednesday, which will be a road game. Second is at Hall on Friday.
There will be other games besides baseball, softball and lacrosse as well. Both boys and girls tennis continue their schedules with Berlin playing Bristol Central on Friday as the match with the most local flavor.
Then there is golf. With the sun finally coming out and driving off the bad weather, the area high school golf teams will finally be able to get matches in on a consistent basis. Southington at Berlin at Timberlin Golf Course and Plainville against Newington at Indians Hill Country Club on the boys side today should offer some excitement for people interested in local schools competing against one another.
The New Britain Bees also get their season underway this week with a three-game series against the York Revolution set to begin Friday and run through Sunday. The Bees did not have the best luck against the Revolution in 2016, going just 6-14 in the 20 games between the two.
Overall, this week sets itself up to be the most action packed one in a while.
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