It Seems To Me…Farewell, Tracy Nichols — And Some FCIAC Playoff Thoughts

So much for a planned FCIAC baseball tournament preview, now that the pairings will remain unsettled until less than 24 hours before the first pitch. We still don’t have a No. 8 seed. The girls lacrosse tournament begins today with New Canaan and Ridgefield having their openers moved up a day because both schools have proms tomorrow.

Popken’s Walkoff Hit Delivers Staples 11-Inning Win Over Ridgefield

WESTPORT — It took 26 days and four extra innings for the Staples baseball team to earn its second victory of the season against a team with a winning record.

To say that the Wreckers had to get their hands dirty to accomplish the feat turned out to be literal as well as figurative.

Arnone’s Hit Caps Off 4-Run 7th Inning As New Canaan Defeats Darien, 11-10

NEW CANAAN — The football teams at New Canaan and Darien are not the only ones capable of producing memorable contests when the archrivals meet. Today’s baseball game provided a conclusive example.

Griffin Arnone’s RBI single capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to give the Rams an 11-10 win over the Blue Wave at chilly Mead Park. Both teams appear to be certainties to make the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament, but the win keeps the Rams in the chase for the No. 1 seed. They entered the day tied for the best record in the league with Ridgefield and Westhill.

Extra-Base Hits: Random Thoughts At Homestretch Of Baseball Playoff Race

The FCIAC Tournament begins in 11 days. The spring season flies by, in a blink it is midseason, another blink and it is playoff time.

There are two storylines going on. The biggest of course is the teams trying to earn one of the eight tournament berths. Today starts with seven teams within two games in the loss column for the final four positions. Three more schools are three games behind, but a hot streak away from getting back into the race.

Westhill Withstands Staples’ Comeback Bid For 6th Straight Win

WESTPORT — The Westhill High School baseball team is flourishing behind its pitching, but inevitably there will be days when the offense is going to be needed as the dominant element.

The last three days, including today’s game at Staples, was further evidence that the Vikings are a complete team, and more than that when all the elements are aligned.