Westhill-Stamford went undefeated in the regular season and was the defending Class LL champion. Conard-West Hartford had lost three regular-season games and had never been to the championship game before. None of that mattered when the two teams faced each in West Haven for the Class LL title. Conard extricated itself from what could have been a messy first inning and - helped by the pitching of MVP Jess Dufault and the defense of catcher Dani Stevens - held on for a 4-1 victory. "I never would have guessed this in a million years," said Dufault, who started pitching as a freshman.
It was that kind of season. The pitching rubber was moved back three feet, to 43 feet, and all kinds of mayhem ensued. Fewer pitchers dominated. Lots of runs were scored.
Waterford, last year's Class L champion, lost in the second round of Class M and saw its unbeaten streak end earlier in the regular season at 55 with a 1-0 loss to Fitch-Groton.
Unheralded Tolland beat two of the top programs in the state – St. Joseph-Trumbull and Lauralton Hall-Milford – in back-to-back games in the first and second rounds of Class M before losing to Rocky Hill, 3-2, in the quarterfinals.
Hale-Ray won its first title since 2004 and fifth overall in the battle of two of the teams with the best nicknames in the state – the Little Noises bested the Kangaroos of Terryville, 6-0, for the Class S championship.
Foran-Milford beat Bacon Academy-Colchester, 3-0, for the Class L title.