Weather & Holidays Wreak Some Havoc on First Half of Season

Mother Nature along with the Father’s Day and 4th of July holidays interrupted some of the games in the first half of the 2018 season.  Father’s Day plans caused West Hartford to be unable to field a team and resulted in forfeiting their games with Canton.  Then a week later on June 24, thunderstorms caused all but two league games to be rained out.  Independence Day fell on a Wednesday this year, so no one was quite sure when celebrations would be happening, the weekend before or after?  It was decided at the league meeting to schedule games on both weekends and those teams that could play, would play.  It turned out July 1 was the more popular day to celebrate as several teams were unable to play.  That resulted in an unusual schedule where Rocky Hill played West Hartford in one game and the Mirage Women in another.  After the first six weeks of play, Rocky Hill sits atop the standings with a two-point lead over Watertown, by virtue of two ties.  The CT Tides are just a point back in third place, followed by the Mirage Women with 15.  Canton and West Hartford round out the standings with 7 and 3 points respectively.  Two weeks remain in the regular season with the league tournament being held Sunday, July 29 at Veteran’s Park in Watertown.

2018 Opening Day is Sunday, June 3rd

The CT Women’s Softball League will open our 11th season on Sunday, June 3, 2018!  We have six (6) teams for the 2018 season, unfortunately the Mirage Gold, Flames, Bombers and Angels were not able to return for this season.  The 2018 season will continue to follow the format of double-headers played on Sundays beginning at 4:00 p.m. with our first week featuring the West Hartford Wildcats taking on the Watertown Rapids at Watertown High School field, the Tides roll into Suffield High School to take on our defending Champions the Mirage Women, while Rocky Hill faces off against Canton at Canton High School.  This season we have games scheduled each Sunday from June 3 to July 22 as the July 4th holiday falls mid-week.  Our season ending annual tournament will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Veteran’s Park in Watertown, CT.  We invite you to come out and join us in the fun and catch some exciting softball action this season!

Mirage Women Capture Tournament Championship

Mirage Women Capture Tournament Championship

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.

Mirage Women Repeat as Regular Season Champs!

Mirage Women Repeat as Regular Season Champs!

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.

2017 Tournament Set for Sunday July 30

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!

Mirage Women Remain Undefeated, Top Standings

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 Top Standings at Midway Point

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!

Competition “Heats Up” in Week 2

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.

Season Underway with Make-Up Game

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!

CTWSL 10th Season Set to Start June 4th

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!