We regret the announce that due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty regarding how and when team sports might continue in these extraordinary times, the Connecticut Women’s Softball League 2020 season has been canceled. This may not come as a surprise to many, as all leagues are experiencing serious challenges when considering the possibility of competing this year.
We want to thank all of our players, coaches, team members, umpires and fans for their support of the CTWSL. We look forward to a new season in 2021 and continue to welcome new teams to join the league as we prepare for the next season.
In the interim, it is our sincere hope that you all will stay safe & healthy and continue to do the things that we need to do in order to mitigate the impact of this pandemic.
The CTWSL is seeking a volunteer to serve as League Director for the 2020 season. Current League Director Al Harrison informed team leaders last month that he will be stepping down after serving as League Director for the past five years. The League Director’s responsibilities include overseeing the operation of the league, which plays double-headers on Sundays in June and July, including a season-ending one day tournament. Anyone interested in volunteering for this position can send an e-mail to Al at email@example.com for more information and details.
With the teams forgoing the season-ending tournament, the final week of the season featured a match up between our first and second place teams, the Mirage and Rocky Hill. The two teams did not play each other during the regular season due to a rain out. In the first game, Rocky Hill’s bats were as hot as the outside temperature at Stafford Middle School as they handed the Mirage their first loss of the season, 9-4. The second game featured more of a pitching duel where the Mirage bounced back for a 2-1 victory in a 5-inning game. Meanwhile, at Canton High School, Canton took on the Wildcats. Canton held a 2-1 edge in games played during the regular season. The Wildcats evened it up with a 6-4 victory in the first game. The home team responded in the second game as Canton came out victorious 10-5, to take the season series between the two teams. The CTWSL would like to thank our players, coaches, umpires and especially the fans who come out to support our teams, for their participation in the league. While this season was certainly one of the more challenging, especially with rain early in the season and oppressive heat the last 3 weeks of the season, it was another successful year. We look forward to our 13th season in 2020!
The “New” Mirage Women’s team under Coach Ed Marks finished the regular season undefeated, with a win and a tie to capture the regular season title in their first season in the league. Perhaps the most challenging regular season in CTWSL history concluded under sweltering heat and temperatures pushing 100 degrees. The Mirage Women defeated Canton in their first game and the teams played to a 0-0 tie in game two. After Watertown had to forfeit due to a lack of players, the Wildcats moved over to Rocky Hill where the defending regular season champs won both to secure their second place finish in the standings this year. Canton secured third place while Watertown finished fourth and the Wildcats were fifth. The East Hartford team, which withdrew earlier in the season, finished sixth. Congratulations to the Mirage Women, 2019 Regular Season champs!
Due to the unfortunate withdrawal of the East Hartford team last month, the remaining five teams are adjusting for the final weeks of the season. The schedule for Sunday July 14th will have triple header action at Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill; Rocky Hill will face Canton at 2 p.m., followed by Canton playing the Wildcats at 4 p.m. and Rocky Hill taking on the Wildcats at 6 p.m. The Mirage Women will travel to Watertown to play the Rapids as originally scheduled. Schedule changes for Sunday July 21 and the season ending tournament on July 28 will be announced in the near future.
Mother Nature is once again threatening games, as showers are predicted at times throughout this Father’s Day. Games are scheduled for Stafford Middle School field as the Mirage Women take on Rocky Hill in a battle of undefeated teams. At Canton High, West Hartford will be looking for their first win against Canton. East Hartford vs. Watertown has been postponed as East Hartford is not able to field enough players.
Weather forecasts calling for significant late afternoon storms cause two of our Opening Day double headers to be postponed as Coaches did not want players traveling significant distances to drive for nothing. Two teams chose to take a chance and lucked out when the weather forecasters were wrong (again). The Mirage Women took two games from East Hartford in action at Stafford Middle School, in a match up of our two new member teams. The initial forecast for this coming Sunday looks much more promising!
It’s Opening Day for the 2019 CTWSL Season! Let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates as Rocky Hill starts defense of their regular season Championship vs. Canton at Canton High School; West Hartford travels to Watertown in a rematch of last year’s tournament final while our two new teams, East Hartford and the “new” Mirage Women face off at Stafford Middle School. Come out and join us!
Behind the shutout pitching of Kim Bogan, the Watertown Rapids defeated the “Cinderella” West Hartford Wildcats 6-0 in the finals of the 2018 CTWSL tournament to capture the Gold title. The Rapids entered as the #2 seed and faced a tough #5 Canton team. Bogan tossed her first shutout of the day with a 2-0 victory over Canton in a pitcher’s duel with veteran Danielle Leone. Meanwhile, #6 seed West Hartford took on #1 seed Rocky Hill with West Hartford’s Julia Murphy hurling a 2-0 shutout victory of her own. While the Rapids advanced to the Gold Bracket final and awaited their eventual opponent, West Hartford had to take on the defending league and tournament champions, the Mirage Women. With Murphy pitching another gem, the Wildcats supported her with some outstanding defense and bested the Mirage 1-0 in 8 innings to move into the finals. The Mirage Women had defeated the CT Tides 6-0 to advance into the Gold Bracket play-down. With Murphy not starting the final game, it gave the Rapids the opening they needed to build a lead that Bogan never relinquished.
In the Silver Bracket, Rocky Hill was the top seed after their upset loss to West Hartford. The CT Tides defeated Canton to move into the Silver bracket final against Rocky Hill, where they upset the top seed by a score of 7-1 to win the Silver Bracket. While the tournament was played under beautiful sunny skies at Veteran’s Park in Watertown, torrential rains and thunderstorms that dropped over 2 inches of rain in Watertown on Saturday night had put the tournament in jeopardy. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the Watertown grounds crew, fields were brought back to playable conditions in time for the scheduled 10:00 am start on Sunday morning.
Despite a 2018 season that was challenging with weather issues on several Sundays, as well as dealing with holiday weekends that left some teams shorthanded, the season-ending tournament was a successful conclusion. We thank our players, coaches, umpires and fans for their participation and support of the CT Women’s Softball League!
Rocky Hill and the CT Tides were unable to re- schedule this past Sunday’s rained out games, cancelling their much anticipated re-match which could have decided the regular season championship. Rocky Hill remained on top of the standings and captured the 2018 Season Championship, topping Watertown by virtue of two ties that earned them 2 points, as Rocky Hill and Watertown each had eight victories. Congratulations to the players and coaches of the Rocky Hill team! The CT Tides finished in third place, followed by the Mirage Women in fourth, Canton in 5th and West Hartford in sixth.
The final standings decide the seedings going into the League Tournament on Sunday, July 29th at Veteran’s Park, 570 Nova Scotia Hill Road, Watertown, CT. Games get underway at 10:00 a.m. with the first round, where Rocky Hill will take on West Hartford, Watertown battles Canton and the Tides face the defending champion Mirage Women. The winners will advance to the Gold Bracket playdown while losing teams move into the Silver Bracket. The next round of games start at 12:15 p.m. with the #2 and #3 seeds playing in each bracket. The winners of those games will then play the #1 seed in each bracket at 2:45 p.m. to determine the Gold and Silver Champs! The fearless forecasters are predicting a beautiful summer day with lower humidity, so come out and join us for some great softball action!