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Friday, June 8, 2007

Come on out to Yale Field

I'm sure the Valley will be out in full support this weekend behind the Seymour baseball and softball teams. They will be at Yale Field Friday to cheer on the baseball team in its upset bid of Waterford, then travel to DeLuca Field 24 hours later to see if Seymour can add yet another state championship, and keep that big winning streak alive, against St. Joseph.

Seymour's baseball team is as hot as any team still alive in the baseball tournament. Ten straight wins has landed them in the final against a Waterford squad that boasts four future Division I players, including Rob Bono a pitcher/catcher and a two-time Register All-State selection.
Bob Kelo knows the Wildcats will need a great effort on the mound from either Charlie Chanciop or Rob Moir, or both, in order to spring the upset. They will also have to play some great defense, too.
I'm sure some of the old Housatonic League coaches will be pulling for Kelo to win his first state championship (he brought Seymour there in 1992, before Seymour moved over to the NVL). Seymour was last there in 2003 and will be forever a part of history when another olf Housy League coach, Bob DeMayo, got career win No. 700. DeMayo still sets the state-record pace at 764 and counting...
Saturday starts off with Class S, pitting the top two seeds (No. 1 St. Bernard vs. No. 2 Northwest Catholic) against one another. St. Bernard will have to try and win it without head coach Mike Garvie, who was ejected during the semifinal-round win over Trinity Catholic. Although my finals pre-tournament predictions in Class S (with Northwest winning) and M (Waterford over Seymour) are intact, Class LL is a different story.
No, Norwalk did not upset Amity, nor did Fitch win it all (BTW, Matt Harvey went from a projected first-round selection for Fitch to being selected at No. 118. I wonder how much Scott Boras' influence had to do with the fall). Amity returns for the third straight year against newcomer Newington. Don't be in any rish to give Amity the trophy just yet - Newington has beaten Cheshire, Notre Dame, Fitch and Bunnell along the way. Three of those teams were preseason top 10 teams in the Register poll. Still Amity is the favorite.
That leaves Guilford seeking its first title against Pomperaug back for a second straight year. Kudos to an anonymous responder who suggested the voters were underrating Pomperaug this season. The Panthers have peaked at the proper time, but they will have their hands full with Guilford, which can play small-ball with the best of them.
Feel free to share your finals predictions with me in the next day or so. Let's hope for good weather and competitive games.
See all of you at Yale Field.

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