FCIAC Baseball Playoffs: Weather shakes up schedule as race goes down to wire

Stormy weather has wreaked havoc with the FCIAC sports schedule this week, and has forced the postponement of the baseball tournament quarterfinals to Monday.

While many of the team were unable to get on the field the past two days, there were two games played which have had an impact on the playoff picture.

• Click here for the complete standings through Wednesday’s games

On Tuesday, the Staples Wreckers defeated the St. Joseph Cadets, 7-1. While both teams had already clinched a tournament berth, and the Wreckers (13-3 FCIAC) were locked in as the No. 2 seed, the result did drop the Cadets (10-6) to fifth place in the standings.

That result opens the door for the Darien Blue Wave (10-5) to gain a home game for the FCIAC quarterfinals. Darien is scheduled to host Norwalk (7-8) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and with a win, the Wave would improve to 11-5 in the league, clinching at least the No. 4 seed. If Darien loses, it would finish either fifth or sixth and be on the road for the first round.

The second game of significance was played on Wednesday as Brien McMahon won a wild game against Bridgeport Central, 11-10. The Senators blew an 8-1 lead and trailed 10-8 with one out in the bottom of the seventh when Korey Morton belted a walkoff three-run home run to give McMahon the victory.

That kept the Senators (8-7) in control of their own destiny, as they remained one game ahead of Norwalk, New Canaan, Warde and Ludlowe (7-8 each).

While the Wilton Warriors (6-8) trail that pack of four teams, they do have control of their fate and can surpass McMahon for the eighth seed with two wins over the next two days.

Wilton plays at Ludlowe at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, and, with a win, would eliminate the four 7-8 teams and set up a play-in game against McMahon in Wilton on Friday. The winner of that game would qualify as the No. 8 seed, while the loser would have to wait for the state tournament for its next game.

Danbury (10-4), which is currently in third place, has games against Greenwich and Trumbull remaining. The Hatters can clinch a top four seed with one more win.

Trumbull and Greenwich (both 9-6) currently hold the sixth and seventh seeds, respectively, and have clinched playoff bids. Trumbull defeated Greenwich 11-1 this season, and have the tiebreaker if the two teams remained tied.

The Ridgefield Tigers (13-2) have one game remaining at home against Warde, but that game has been postponed to Friday. The Tigers have already secured the No. 1 seed.

Here’s the upcoming baseball schedule, weather permitting. Any schedule changes will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Thursday, May 17

Westhill at New Canaan, 4:30 p.m.

Norwalk at Darien, 4:30 p.m.

Wilton at Ludlowe, 4:30 p.m.

Greenwich at Danbury, ppd – new date TBA

Friday, May 18

Warde at Ridgefield, 4 p.m.

Trinity Catholic at Stamford, 4 p.m.

Brien McMahon at Wilton, 4:15 p.m.

Danbury at Trumbull, 5 p.m.

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