I was able to get out and get to some CIAC state tournament events today. I started out at Wolcott High School, where the Eagles were hosting Class S girls tennis second and Class M baseball first round contests.
|Wolcott's Kaylee Bosques hits a forehand return during her No. 2 singles match.|
After spending some time at girls tennis, I took in the last couple innings of the Class M first round baseball game between No. 8 Wolcott and No. 25 Bacon Academy.
|Wolcott's Ike Negretti delivers a pitch during a Class M first round baseball game against Bacon Academy.|
My last stop of the afternoon was down Route 69 to Bristol Central High School. The host Rams were taking on another bunch of Rams from New Canaan. The young New Canaan squad jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, then Central used its senior experience and some long at bats to come back.
"They're a young team, and they came out on fire," Central head coach Monica Hayes said. "They took advantage of some missed spots and put us on our heels."
Hayes said her team's senior experience was key. Central's hitters know how to battle, and battle they did.
|Bristol Central head coach Monica Hayes talks to her team during the seventh inning |
of a Class LL first round game against New Canaan.
At one point, Lindsay Holden made the New Canaan pitcher throw 11 pitches before hitting the 12th for a single. Holden didn't score, but she made the pitcher work. Alexa Caron put in a similar at bat.
"They were selective, especially when [the pitcher] started struggling," Hayes said.
Ali Holden settled down in the circle, and she punctuated the 8-4 win with a strikeout for the game's final out. Central (16-5) faces No. 23 Darien tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Bristol Central High School.