When it was still bitter cold back in March, I watched a city scrimmage between Middletown and Xavier. The Blue Dragons were in rebuilding mode and the Falcons looking to make a run at the state championship.
The black and silver (white?) definitely looked like they had the team to do it and in the regular season they proved it, going 19-1, with only a loss to Shelton on Tax Day. They had been #1 in the New Haven Register poll for most of the season until yesterday.
Maybe the rest hurt the top seed. Xavier beat Hand, 14-5 on May 21 and then the rest of the SCC tournament was cancelled due to weather. Xavier recieved a bye through the first round of the Class LL state tournament and was set to play the winner of West Haven and Staples on May 30. Nine days was the longest the team went between games all season. I’m sure Richard Magner had the team ready to play, but there is nothing like game atmosphere.
Yesterday at Palmer Field in Middletown, Staples defeated the Falcons 5-4 in eight innings in one of the largest upsets in this year’s state tourney.
I will admit, I don’t know much about Staples, but I do know that Xavier was the clear favorite.
Tough finish to a great season, one of the best in over 30 years.
*I will be keeping an eye on the rest of the state tournaments and will continue to give my thoughts the rest of the way.