Under beautiful sunny skies on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Watertown, the Mirage Women’s team followed-up their regular season championship by winning the 10th annual CTWSL season-ending tournament with a 5-2 victory over the CT Tides to take home the Gold Bracket trophy. The Mirage Women defeated the West Hartford Wildcats in the first round, then faced the CT Bombers in the semi-final, a rematch of last year’s tournament final won by the Bombers. This year it was the Mirage Women coming out on top and moving onto the finals against the 2nd-seeded Tides, whose victories over the Mirage Gold and Canton earned them their spot in the finals. Mirage Women’s Head Coach Steve Pallotti said, “The third time was a charm,” when accepting the tournament trophy from League Director Al Harrison, explaining that the team had fallen just short the past two years. Coach Pallotti noted that there were several new players on this year’s team which he assembled around a core handful of players that have been with the team since joining the league. The Tides were hoping to add another Gold Bracket trophy to their record after winning the Silver Bracket last year and Gold Bracket in 2015.
Two teams new to the league in 2017 battled it out in the Silver Bracket finals as Rocky Hill defeated the local host Watertown Rapids 9-2. Rocky Hill lost their first round game to the CT Bombers, but won a come-from-behind victory over West Hartford’s Wildcats in the semi-final while the Rapids bounced back from a first round loss to Canton to defeat the Mirage Women and move into the Silver finals.
Our 2017 tournament was a successful conclusion to our 10th season! We wish to thank our teams that participated, our fans who came out to support our teams and enjoyed some great softball, our umpires, field crew and a special Thanks to Coach John Biello and Watertown for hosting the event at the beautiful Veteran’s Memorial Park fields.
The Mirage Women’s team, which plays home games at Suffield High School, defended their regular season League Championship with a record of 10-1-1 and 31 points. Their only loss of the season came in their final game at the hands of The Flames, who finished second, while they tied one game against the CT Tides who finished third. Mirage Women’s Head Coach Steve Pallotti had the task of finding several new players for this season and attributed their success to a “total team effort.” As regular season Champs, the Mirage Women also received the #1 seed for the League tournament on Sunday, July 30th at Veteran’s Park in Watertown.
The 10th annual season-ending tournament is set for Sunday, July 30th at Veteran’s Park in Watertown, CT. Eight teams will be competing to be Tournament Champions. Unfortunately, The Flames and Executive Valet Angels were forced to withdraw due to a shortage of available players. The regular season Champion Mirage Women come in as the top seed, followed by the CT Tides, Watertown Rapids, Rocky Hill, CT Bombers, Canton, Mirage Gold and the West Hartford Wildcats. After the first round of 4 games, the winners will advance to the Gold Bracket and losers to the Silver Bracket. From there it will be single elimination games until a Champion is crowned in each bracket. The CT Bombers are defending Gold Bracket champs and CT Tides are defending Silver Bracket champs. Game start at 10:00 a.m. at 3 fields, come out and join us for a full day of exciting fast pitch softball action!
The defending regular season Champions, the Mirage Women based in Suffield, moved to the top of the standings as the only undefeated team in the league with a sweep of Rocky Hill this past Sunday, combined with The Flames unfortunately having to forfeit due to a shortage of available players. The CT Tides moved into second place, one point ahead of the Flames as a result of their victories over the West Hartford Wildcats. The Executive Valet Angels captured their first win of the season while splitting games with Canton. Watertown Rapids gained a split with the Mirage Gold to take fourth place, while Canton and Rocky Hill are tied for 5th and will face each other this coming Sunday. The CT Bombers lead West Hartford and the Mirage Gold by only 3 points and will try to increase that lead when they take on the Gold this week. With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, teams are competing for the regular season title as well as seeding position for the league tournament on July 30th at Veteran’s Park in Watertown!
The Flames, who play home games in Cheshire and are one of the four new CTWSL teams this year, are alone at the top of the league standings as we go into the July 4th holiday break week, the mid-point of our season. The Flames’ extra-inning, one run victory in their second game against the Mirage Gold yesterday gave them the edge over defending regular season champs, the Mirage Women, who are undefeated but have one tie on their record. The CT Tides are alone in third place by virtue of a tie which put them one point above the Watertown Rapids and Rocky Hill who tied for 4th place at 4-2-0. Canton is in 6th place at 3-3-0, followed by West Hartford in 7th, the CT Bombers and Mirage Gold tied for 8th and the Executive Valet Angels round out the standings, still looking for their first win.
Teams will be back in action on Sunday, July 9th, for the final three weeks of the regular season. Stay tuned to see who will be crowned regular season Champions as well as seedings for the league tournament on July 30th!
After getting washed out on opening day, near record heat was on tap for the first full slate of Sunday games on week two this past Sunday. The Flames put out some heat of their own, doubling up Canton by scores of 5-0 and 6-2. Rocky Hill swept the CT Bombers 4-2 and 5-4, West Hartford’s Wildcats took two from Executive Valet Angels, 12-0 and 18-10, and the Tides rolled over the Watertown Rapids by scores of 8-3 & 8-4. In Newington, the Mirage Gold were unable to field enough players and forfeited their games against our defending regular season Champions, the Mirage Women, giving the Women the two victories.
Our 2017 season got underway much the same way as it did in 2016, with a single, weeknight make-up game on Friday, June 9th at Coginchaug High School field in Durham, CT. The Mirage Gold won their first game as CTWSL members, shutting out the CT Tides 6-0. All teams will be in action this Sunday as a heatwave rolls into the state and promises to bring near record temperatures. What a difference a week makes!
Opening day of the CT Women’s Softball League’s 10th season will be this coming Sunday, June 4th! Games are set to begin at 4:00 p.m. when the West Hartford Wildcats will take on Canton, the Executive Valet Angels battle The Flames in Cheshire, the CT Bombers invade the Mirage Women at Suffield High School, Rocky Hill faces off against Watertown and the Mirage Gold try to weather The Tides at Coginchaug High School in Durham. Come out and join us, see some exciting women’s softball action! Games will be played each Sunday (except July 2nd) until our league tournament on July 30th! Follow the action on our Facebook page!
The CT Women’s Softball League will commence our 10th season on Sunday June 4th, welcoming 4 new teams to the league. Returning for the 2017 season will be our defending season Champions, the Mirage Women, along with 2016 Tournament champs the CT Bombers, CT Tides, Canton, West Hartford and Andy’s Angels (Windsor.) Unfortunately the team from Thomaston will not be back. Joining these six teams will be the Watertown Rapids, the Eliminators U23, a second Mirage team and a new team from Rocky Hill. The League Directors will meet on Sunday, April 23 to finalize plans for the season. We encourage experienced fast-pitch players who are interested in joining the league to contact League Director Al Harrison via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message him on our Facebook page to be included in our Free Agent listings.
The CT Bombers, in their first season competing in the CTWSL, upset the #1 seed and previously undefeated regular season champion Mirage Women’s team in a thrilling 8-inning final tournament game to take home the Gold Bracket trophy and be crowned tournament champions. The Bombers got to the finals with a 3-1 victory over #3 seed and former 5-time champion Canton, while the Mirage edged out the #4 seed and defending champion CT Tides team, 2-1. The championship game was tied 1-1 in the early innings before the Bombers used “small ball” and aggressive base-running combined with some timely hits to pull away to a 7-2 lead. The Mirage Women weren’t going to lay down and came charging back to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh, nearly winning the game if some aggressive base running of their own hadn’t fallen short. The game went into extra innings with the use of the International Tie Breaker rule in the 8th inning. The Bombers were able to push across one run and then hold on as the Mirage Women failed to score in the bottom of the 8th, clinching victory for the Bombers.
In the Silver Bracket, the defending league champion CT Tides, after losing to the Mirage Women, moved into the Silver Bracket where they defeated the Windsor Angels and Thomaston team on their four game road to capture the trophy. Thomaston, which came in as the #7 seed, in their quest to become the “Cinderella” team of the tournament, had upset West Hartford to advance to the Silver finals.
Congratulations to all of our players, coaches and team members on a successful season-ending tournament. What started out as a dismal morning turned into a great day of softball action. We thank our umpires for their dedicated service and our fans for their support of our league. Special thanks go out to Rob Silver and the CT Mayhem for their help in making the tournament a success!