Two Connecticut teams will have a chance to win the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series next month in Waterbury.
Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League commissioner Ed Gadomski made the announcement last night after getting confirmation on the details. The state champion and runner-up -- designated as the host team -- from the Stan Musial tournament will have a shot at the title, along with six others in a double-elimination format. There will be two participants from the Houston, Texas Regional, along with the champions from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Upper New York Regional and New York Metro/Federation Regional.
Games will be played at both Torrington's Fuessenich Park and Waterbury's Municipal Stadium. The World Series runs from Aug. 4-7 under this format:
Four games (9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.) at Municipal Stadium
Doubleheader with games at Municipal and Fuessenich Park
Championship at Municipal
To get to the World Series, Connecticut teams must first navigate the Stan Musial State Tournament, a double-elimination bracket with eight teams. There will be four from Tri-State, two from Bridgeport, one from Wallingford and one from Housatonic.
The schedule: games on Monday, July 25; Tuesday, July 26; Wednesday, July 27; Thursday, July 28 rainout date; Friday, July 28; and the championship on Saturday, July 30.
And oh yeah, the Tri-State Playoffs are also going on, starting Thursday, July 21. As per usual, the top four teams have byes while seeds 5-12 face off in best-of-three series. The first round is July 21-23. After a break for the Stan Musial tourney, the Tri-State Playoffs resume with the second round from July 31-Aug. 2. The semifinals are Aug. 10-12 and the Tri-State World Series is Aug. 15-17.
There's a lot of baseball to be played over the next month, and there are two World Series titles up for grabs.