AROUND THE HORN: Record-Journal Expos battling for survival in Greater Hartford playoffs; New England regional next up for Post 72; Wallingford Twilight opens semifinal series

AROUND THE HORN: Record-Journal Expos battling for survival in Greater Hartford playoffs; New England regional next up for Post 72; Wallingford Twilight opens semifinal series



HARTFORD — After getting upset 6-0 by the Middletown Outlaws in the first round, the Record-Journal Expos have just one loss left to give in the Greater Hartford Twilight League’s double-elimination postseason tournament.

The Expos will look to start the long way back through the brackets Monday night at 6 p.m. at Trinity College against the South Windsor Phillies.

The Expos, who went 17-7 in the regular season, are the No. 2 seed. The Phillies (9-14) are the No. 6.

As a measure of Middletown’s 6-0 upset of the Expos, consider that the No. 7 Outlaws won just three games in the regular season.

If the Expos can defeat the Phillies and stay alive, they’ll face No. 5 People’s United Bank on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. People’s fell to the top-seeded and defending champion Vernon Orioles 2-1 in the first round.

All Greater Hartford tournament games are at Trinity College.

Vermont up next for Post 72

SOUTHINGTON. — The New England regional round of the 2018 American Legion baseball tournament will launch Wednesday morning with Connecticut champion Southington taking on Vermont champion Colchester.

Game time is 9:30 a.m. at Fitton Field on the campus of the College of Holy Cross in Worcester.

The New England tournament is double-elimination. Win or lose, coach Marc Verderame and his Southington squad will return to Worcester on Thursday.

Defeat Colchester on Wednesday and Southington will play the winner of Braintree, Mass and Ellington, Conn. at 4:30 p.m. If Southington loses its opener against Vermont, it will play the loser of Braintree and Ellington at 9:30 a.m.

Southington swept Ellington in Connecticut’s best-of-three championship series at Ceppa Field, winning the clincher on Saturday night in walk-off fashion.

It was not a good weekend for Ellington in Meriden. On Sunday, Ellington’s U15 Prep Legion team lost its state final 3-2 to Stamford at Ceppa.

In turn, Stamford’s U17 team fell to Bristol 4-3 in eight innings in the Junior Legion state final. Windsor Locks is hoting the New England Junior Legion tournament.

Wallingford loop opens semifinal

WALLINGFORD — Diamondzone and Hunter’s won the opening games of the semifinal series in the Wallingford Twilight Baseball League.

Diamondzone out-slugged Total Renovations 8-6, while Hunter’s topped the Merchants 7-2.

Diamondzone and Total Renovations returned to Pat Wall Field on Monday night for Game 2. Diamondzone was the regular-season champ at 15-4.

Hunter crowns member champs

MERIDEN — Leslie Pitiger and Mariel Albee shot a net 65 Sunday to win the annual women’s Member-Member Tournament at Hunter Golf Course.

Pitiger and Mariel Albee won by three strokes. Lynne Grobsky and Myra Reynolds took second with a 68, matching cards with Barbara McCoy and Catherina Carlette.

Two teams scored 69, with Jeannie Pac and Mara Dunleavy squeaking by the team of Myra Sanchez and Sharon Maloney on a match of cards.

Cindy Kennedy and Valerie Miller scored a 70.

Nancy Kiel took both closest-to-the-pin contests with shots within seven feet on No. 6 and 20 feet, six inches on No. 11.

Edsall books Chamber talk

MIDDLETOWN — UConn football coach Randy Edsall will be guest speaker at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Red Lion Hotel Cromwell at 7:30 a.m.

Cost is $22 for Chamber members and $32 for non-members. Advance registration required at middlesexchamber.com.


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