AROUND THE HORN: Meriden Cobras open state tourney in Orange; Blue Dragons invade Fun Run

AROUND THE HORN: Meriden Cobras open state tourney in Orange; Blue Dragons invade Fun Run



MERIDEN — The CT Elite Baseball Association postseason will open for the Meriden Cobras in Orange on Friday evening.

The Cobras square off with the Division 2 champs at Brinley Field starting at 5:30 p.m.

With a win, the Cobras will advance to the semifinals on Saturday morning. With a loss, the Cobras will go home. The tournament is single-elimination.

Eight teams are in the hunt. Division 3 winner NCL, at 15-3, is the overall No. 1 seed. Orange, at 14-4, is the No. 2.

Meriden wound up second in Division 1 and the seventh seed overall with a mark of 15-6. Cobras coach Doug Wedge will start Maloney’s John Vumback (4-1) against Orange on Friday.

Other quarterfinal games pit Waterford at Winsted, RCP at Berlin and Hamden at NCL. 

All of those games, with the exception of RCP-Berlin, are Friday at 5:30 p.m. RCP and Berlin tangled Thursday night at Sage Park.

Berlin (16-5) finished one game ahead of Meriden in Division I. RCP (14-4) was second to NCL in Division 3. 

Hamden (14-6) defeated Wallingford 2-1 on Wednesday to earn the second tourney berth out of Division 2. Winsted (12-4) and Waterford (10-4) were first-place finishers in Division 5 and 6, respectively.

The CT Elite Baseball Association filled in this summer for the cancelled 2020 American Legion season. It featured four different age brackets, with 36 teams in the top-tier U19 division.

Blue Dragons shine at Fun Run

MERIDEN — The sixth race in the Meriden Fun Run series attracted some of Middletown’s top distance runners, and they responded by taking the top three spots in Wednesday night’s race at Platt High School.

The fight for first place was a two-man battle between Matthew Lecky and Sean Ahern. Only two seconds separated the pair. Lecky, who is heading to RPI, hit the finish in 15:41. Ahern, who is going into his senior year at Middletown High, crossed in 15:43.

Konstantin Dits placed third in 16:40.

The Maloney cross country contingent of Reynaldo Torres, Xavier Zaler and coach Derek Destefano rounded out the top six. Torres clocked in at 17:44, Destefano in 18:20 and Zaler in 19:41. Bill Lieber was seventh in 19:44.

Selena Chatman, the first female finisher, was eighth overall at 20:05. Chatman has won all six women’s races at the Fun Run this summer.

Two more events in the Wednesday night series remain. Race time is 6:30 p.m. at the Platt track. The three-mile course runs down the Meriden Linear Trail to Dossin Beach and back.

Social distancing rules are followed. Runners must bring their own water. Race director is Fred Bucchieri (203-895-9292).


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