There seemed to be so much clarity 48 hours ago. While leaving Mead Park following Monday’s Staples-New Canaan game, I mentioned to Dave Stewart, who among many other responsibilities runs the FCIAC website, how it seemed like we were going to get off relatively easy on the tiebreaker scenarios this year. Seven of the eight baseball playoff spots had been filled, which seemed highly unlikely just days before, when 10 teams were alive for four places.
NEW CANAAN — No other FCIAC pitcher has a more structured schedule than Staples’ Harry Azadian. Mondays belong to Azadian. Wreckers coach Jack McFarland doesn’t factor in the opponent, how many games are being played the rest of the week or the weather forecast. On the first afternoon of the school week, Azadian is called upon to set the tone for the rest of the week.
A 12-1 loss to Staples a week ago that was halted in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule was considered an early crossroad by Wilton coach Tim Eagen. How would a team targeted because of its status as defending league champion, despite graduating a number of starters and its top three pitchers, respond?