Teams making most of chances
When the postseason begins, every team has the goal of making the Final Four.
Getting to the neutral site is a huge deal and three local programs will be making a second straight trip.
While the WLC softball team took advantage of its opportunity, winning the D-IV title, Conant baseball and ConVal softball have something to prove.
Both teams saw late-inning leads slip away in losses last June and plan on making up for it this time around.
And if the Conant softball team won yesterday, there will be four teams competing for a chance to play for a state title.
The only down side of things is the scheduling. The WLC softball and Conant baseball games are at the exact same time on the same day and over an hour apart.
But I guess it is a good problem to have.
A tough way to go out
It was quite disappointing to watch the ConVal baseball team’s season end the way it did.
The Cougars had worked so hard over the second half of the season — going 7-1 — to earn the 5th seed and a home playoff game.
And while I only saw them play a couple times, I know for a fact that ConVal was a much better team than what they showed in the 7-0 loss to Sanborn.
But that is the most interesting part of the playoffs. You have to play your best for four straight games in order to keep your season alive.
During the regular season, it is easy to make sure I get to every team.
I make a schedule and for the most part, with a few exceptions, I follow it.
But when it comes to the postseason, it is hard to decide what to cover.
Both Thursday and Saturday of last week were not easy for me.
I wrestled with my choices and while I wish I could have been everywhere, it all seemed to work out.
It is always nice to see the local track and field athletes do well at the big meets and Saturday was one of those days.
I wish I was there to witness the runner-up finishes by Conant senior Katie Tonyai and Mascenic sophomore Tim Fafard. Again, one of the hard choices.
But it’s nice that both Tonyai and Fafard, along with three other locals will have another chance to compete this weekend at the New England Championships.
Just a little plug, but two weeks from today, the Spring Timmy Awards will be revealed. And over the following two papers, the male and female athletes of the year will be announced.