AROUND THE HORN: Meriden has CT Elite state ticket secured; course records falls again at Fun Run; Wayton Open firming up field

AROUND THE HORN: Meriden has CT Elite state ticket secured; course records falls again at Fun Run; Wayton Open firming up field

MERIDEN —With a regular-season record of 15-6, Meriden’s U19 baseball team has secured one of the eight berths in the upcoming CT Elite Baseball Association’s state tournament.

Wallingford, at 13-5, is also scrapping for a spot at the postseason table.

The tournament, single elimination, opens Friday and continues through Sunday. The next few days will dictate how the field will shape up.

The league’s three largest divisions get two berths each. Meriden finished second in the eight-team Division 1 behind Berlin (16-5).

Wallingford played in the 10-team Division 2, which is staging a play-in tournament to see who joins first-place Orange (14-4) in states. Wallingford plays at Madison (14-4) on Monday night, with the winner advancing to the play-in final scheduled for Tuesday.

NCL (14-3) and RCP (13-4) finished 1-2 in the 10-team Division 3. 

Divisions 5 and 6 were smaller. Winsted (12-4) was tops in Division 5, which featured five western teams. Waterford (9-3) was first among the three eastern teams in Division 6.

The CT Elite Baseball Association filled in for the cancelled 2020 American Legion season. It followed the same rules as Legion ball, including age groupings, wood bats and pitch counts.

Fun Run record falls again

MERIDEN — It didn’t take long for the course record to fall at the Meriden Fun Run.

A week after lowering the standard to 16:19, Derrick Arnold of Wallingford cranked out a 15:49 on the three-mile course that runs down the Meriden Linear Trail from Platt High School to Dossin Beach and back.

The catch is, Arnold wasn’t the first runner across the line in the latest Wednesday night race. Yankarlos Diaz of Manchester took the fifth Fun Run of the summer in 15:23.

The duel between Diaz and Arnold was something of a state university showcase. Diaz runs cross country at Central Connecticut. Arnold, who just graduated from Sheehan, will be running at Southern Connecticut.

Maloney teammates Reynaldo Torres and Xavier Zaler finished 3-4. Torres crossed in 17:12, Zaler in 19:03.

Phil Crosby (19:20), Joseph Migliore (19:41) and Jeremy Titus (19:55) also came in under 20 minutes. Bill Liebler was eighth in 20:30.

Selena Chatman, who has won every women’s Fun Run so far this summer, was ninth overall in 20:38.

The Meriden Fun Run series continues every Wednesday at Platt through Aug. 19. Race time is 6:30 p.m.

Social distancing rules are followed. Contact race director Fred Bucchieri at 203-895-9292 for details.

Wayton Open firming up field

SOUTHINGTON — Registrations are still being taken for the Wayton Open tennis tournament, which will play at Southington High School starting Saturday, Aug. 15.

Tournament director Matt Wayton is hoping to field 4-6 divisions. He needs a minimum of eight entries in each bracket to make that happen. 

So far, there are ample players for Men’s A Singles, Men’s B Singles and a combined Mixed Doubles bracket. Men’s 45+ Singles, Men’s Doubles and second Mixed Doubles bracket are close to the eight-player threshhold.

Women’s divisions and high school divisions are in danger of not running.

Entry fee is $20. Sign up at

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