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Connecticut Sports Round-Up

by Hayley Tafuro | Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014

As this week kicks off, let’s take a look at what happened last week with our Connecticut sports teams.

Bridgeport Bluefish: It was a quiet week for the ‘Fish who got to enjoy three days off after going nonstop every day this month. They had a home series against the Somerset Patriots. They started off with a 6-1 loss in the series opener, which featured the debut of pitcher Dontrelle Willis, who allowed four earned runs and five hits in five innings. The only run scored was by James Simmons, who hit a double to start and scored off of a Patriots error. Then, the ‘Fish were swept in a doubleheader first by 4-0, and then by 4-2. However, Bridgeport ended on a high note to avoid the series sweep by coming out and taking game four by a score of 7-6, where pitcher Hunter Jones (5-7) got the win.

Dontrelle Willis Photo Credit: V. Velazquez

Dontrelle Willis
Photo Credit: V. Velazquez

The Bluefish also had a little fun on Sunday night with an exhibition game dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes,” where they played fast-pitch softball with the Stratford Brakketes. The ‘Fish took it 2-1 against their local opponent, and the night was great fun and a chance for the team to relax before they hit the road again this week where they start a three-game series against the Long Island Ducks. They took the first game in a matinee this morning, 7-3.

New Britain Rock Cats: After finishing up a series against Reading last week ending on a win, the Rock Cats headed into a break in the schedule for the All Star Game that was played on Wednesday. Five members of the team were traveling to Altoona, Pennsylvania to represent the East, which is tied for the most players selected of any club in the Eastern Division. These players were Cole Johnson, Reynaldo Rodriguez, Tony Thomas, Taylor Rogers, and Kennys Vargas. The West beat the East that day with a score of 5-2.

They got right back into the swing of things with another series against Reading, where they split it 2-2, and lost a make-up game against them on Saturday.

This week, the Rock Cats are back home for a long stretch, facing series with Altoona and Portland that start tonight.

Connecticut Sun: The Sun went 1-1 last week, first topping the Seattle Storm 86-63, and then falling to the Phoenix Mercury 101-85, who are leading the WNBA with an 18-3 record. In the loss, Katie Douglass continued her strong streak with 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. She hit a season-high of five three-pointers. Chiney Ogwumike put up 14 points and 10 rebounds, recording her 10th double-double of the season.

Katie Douglass Photo Credit: Doug McSchooler

Katie Douglass
Photo Credit: Doug McSchooler

The Sun also broke their schedule for the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday afternoon where the East squeaked out a 125-124 win over the West. Both Douglas and Ogwumike were a part of the win. Douglas put up 15 points and Ogwumike added 8 points.

Connecticut (10-14) now stands in 4th place in the East Division just behind Washington (10-13), who will be their next opponent this Wednesday. The Sun will look to climb back up to the top with only ten games remaining in the regular season.

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