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!
The 2016 CTWSL season is coming to a conclusion as our league tournament will be held on Sunday, July 31 at the Vernon Middle School and volunteer fields. Our thanks to Rob Silver and the Vernon-Rockville Girls Softball for their help and support with the tournament. The Mirage Women are the #1 seed while defending champs the CT Tides are the #4 seed. One of our new teams, the CT Bombers made a late run to come in as the #2 seed, while former 5-time champion Canton is seeded #3. Rounding things out are West Hartford at #5, Windsor #6 and Thomaston #7. Good luck to all teams! Game schedule is listed below:
Field 1 – Lower Field Vernon Middle School
Field 2 – Upper north volunteer field
Field 3 – Upper south volunteer field
10:00 a.m. Field 2 – Game #1 CT Tides vs. West Hartford
Field 1 – Game #2 CT Bombers vs. Thomaston
12:15 p.m. Field 3 – Game #3 Canton vs. Windsor
Field 2 – Game #4 Mirage Women vs. winner game 1 (Gold Bracket Semi-Final)
Field 1 – Game #5 Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2 (Silver Bracket Semi-Final)
2:30 p.m. Field 2 – Game #6 Winner game 2 vs. Winner game 3 (Gold Bracket Semi-Final)
Field 1 – Game #7 Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4 (Silver Bracket Semi-Final)
4:45 p.m. Field 2 – Gold Bracket Finals Game #8 Winner game 4 vs. Winner game 6
Field 1 – Silver Bracket Finals Game #9 Winner game 5 vs. Winner game 7
Winners of games 1 through 4 move into Gold Bracket single elimination
Losers of games 1 through 4 move into Silver Bracket single elimination
After coming up just short last year, Head Coach Steve Pallotti and the Mirage Women’s team, based in Suffield, left no doubt this year as they swept the Windsor Angels in the last two games of the regular season to finish as the undefeated 2016 season Champions! The Mirage Women will enter the season-ending league tournament next Sunday, July 31, as the #1 seed and attempt to become the Gold Bracket tournament champions as well. Congratulations to the Mirage Women!
The CT Bombers, in their first season as CTWSL members, defeated the West Hartford Wildcats 2-1 in their last regular season game, which coupled with forfeit victories over Thomaston, moved them quickly up the standings, taking over second place from Canton, based on tie-breakers. Canton and Thomaston have potential make-up games this week, which could effect the standings and tournament seedings. At this time, the Bombers are in 2nd place, followed by Canton in third, CT Tides fourth, West Hartford fifth, Windsor sixth and Thomaston seventh. Rocky Hill withdrew from the league after June 12th games, forfeiting all remaining games, and will not participate in the tournament.
The CTWSL broke new ground in the history of our league this past Sunday when two non-league exhibition games were played at Southeast Park in Mansfield, CT between the CTWSL’s CT Bombers and the Amazones team from the Lawrence (MA) Women’s Softball League. The Amazones traveled down from Lawrence, MA to play these games and our thanks goes out to Marisel Sevilla, President of the Lawrence Women’s Softball League and to coaches Curt Vincente and Tom Williams of our Bombers team for making this happen. Of course, big thanks go out to all the players on both teams for playing the games themselves. From all reports this was a successful venture.
Plans are in the works for two more exhibition games between our Windsor Angels team and the Amazones, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at Suffield High School field in Suffield, CT.
The CTWSL proudly honors our Players of the Week for the 2016 season, through the games played in June.
We had no POTW for June 5 due to all games being rained out. For June 12th games, Meg Maliga and Colby Norris of the Mirage Women’s team were recognized as they combined for 11 innings of no-hit, shutout softball in leading their team to two victories;
Samantha Rhodes of the West Hartford Wildcats earned Player of the Week honors for June 19th after striking out 12 opposing batters and picking up a 9-2 victory over Thomaston;
Player of the Week honors for the June 26th games goes to Katelyn Corr of the Mirage Women’s team for her offensive performance of a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate, including 2 triples, a double and 5 rbis, which also included two walks.
Congratulations to all as we move on to the second half of our season!
We are very disappointed to announce that our team based in Rocky Hill has withdrawn from the league for the remainder of the 2016 season. Coach Tom Sullivan informed League Director Al Harrison shortly after they had to forfeit their June 12th games that the team, which originally joined the league with the nucleus from the University of St. Joseph’s team, was unable to get a commitment from enough players to be able to field a team each week. We wish the Rocky Hill team all the best and hope to see them return for the 2017 season. All remaining games on the schedule will be scored as forfeits after a vote by the League Directors. The league schedule will be modified as needed to provide teams scheduled to play Rocky Hill the opportunity to play other games.
Welcome, players and coaches, to the 2016 season. This past week, we enjoyed great weather (except for the wind) and got all of the games in.
We look forward to another great season of fun, friendly competition, including two new locations in Mansfield and Thomaston.
Several teams still have openings on their rosters if you are interested in playing, there is still time to get in many games and qualify for our season ending tournament. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CT Women’s Softball League is set to open our 9th season on Sunday, June 5, 2016. This year we welcome the CT Bombers, who will play their home games in Mansfield, CT. There are still some teams with roster openings. If you or someone you know is an experienced fastpitch player age 17 or older as of January 1, come and join the fun! Message us or email at email@example.com
CTWSL is on Facebook!!! To access our wall, go to facebook.com/ctwsl. To contact Al Harrison, President, for consideration in participating in the League, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you.