Top teams weath­er­ing slew of post­pone­ments this sea­son

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Ryan Lacey

Ma­suk, Trum­bull and St. Joseph sit a stop the GameTimeCT/Regis­ter Top 10 poll, and there is a re­al­is­tic de­bate about who of three schools sep­a­rated by 10 miles is the best in the state.

But the team which might be bet­ter than all three: The Post­poned TBAs. They’ve claimed more vic­to­ries than the above com­bined.

Weather has forced the post­pone­ment of count­less show­downs be­tween the top teams in the state. That trend con­tin­ued as Ma­suk and St. Joseph’s highly-an­tic­i­pated showdown was pushed back to May 4. NFA and Southing­ton have yet to square off, as have the Cadets and Cheshire. The top of the poll re­mains filled with un­de­feated teams as re­sult.

It’s also cre­ated a wide range in num­ber games played through just three weeks. Un­de­feated West Haven (9-0) leads the pack with nine games while sev­eral teams have played just three times.

Ac­tion is set to pick up next week fea­tur­ing no less than po­ten­tially five games be­tween un­de­feated teams.

EA­GLES, CADETS SOAR­ING

Town ri­vals St. Joseph and Trum­bull con­tinue to get com­plete ef­forts up and down the ros­ter, par­tic­u­larly in the cir­cle. Mir­ror­ing each other in more ways than one, both squads have al­lowed just one run or fewer in five of their eight wins.

Ju­niors Pay­ton Do­iron and Emily Gell have pri­mar­ily done the dam­age in the cir­cle. Do­iron has al­lowed just five earned runs in more than 40 in­nings so far this spring. She’s com­ing off a four-hit shutout against Green­wich, a team that had put up dou­ble-digit run to­tals on a con­sis­tent ba­sis.

“She got a lit­tle tired at the end, pitch­ing two days in a row,” Cadets coach Jeff Babineau told GameTimeCT’s Dave Fierro af­ter the game. “But she has a good de­fense be­hind her and she pitched to con­tact and let the de­fense do its job.”

Kaitlin Capo­bianco is off to a tor­rid start for the Cadets. She’s bat­ting .600 with 18 hits, in­clud­ing a pair of dou­bles. Madi­son Fitzger­ald and Cami Heintz are each hit­ting .500 or bet­ter as St. Joseph has col­lected 108 hits in its eight wins.

The ti­tanic matchup comes April 30 at St. Joseph.

FLORIDA SUN

E.O. Smith dropped out of the poll thanks to a pair of losses, but those weren’t any or­di­nary ones. The Pan­thers ven­tured to Or­lando and the Wide World of Sports to com­pete against squads from around the coun­try.

The Pan­thers went 1-2, capped by a 14-0 win over Noble (Maine). E.O. Smith doesn’t play a team from Con­necti­cut un­til it vis­its New Bri­tain Wed­nes­day.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

St. Joseph’s Pay­ton Do­iron has al­lowed just five earned runs in more than 40 in­nings so far this spring.

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