What to Watch This Week: Connecticut Sports
As we get into the heart of the summer season, teams are starting to dive right into their most competitive spurts of the season, which will make for some exciting play. Here are some previews of the week for Connecticut’s summer sports:
After getting swept in their doubleheader versus the Somerset Patriots, the Bluefish look to come back in their last two games of the series on the road. They gave up ten runs combined in the first two games, but showed some bright spots thanks to Denny Almonte’s solid play and a three-run home run by Ramon Castro in game one, his first of the season. The ‘Fish will come back to Harbor Yard Ballpark on Thursday, hoping to win another series against Liberty Division rival Camden Riversarks.
New Britain Rock Cats
The Rock Cats are cruising on an 11-game winning streak, and look to continue tonight as they start their series against Altoona at home. They broke the team record on Saturday night with a 5-2 win over Reading, and an impressive debut performance by left-handed pitcher Jason Wheeler. The Rock Cats have been tacking the runs on the board, scoring 13 last week against Harrisburg and 10 the next night against Reading. If they can keep up their hot hitting streak, and if the bullpen keeps coming out like they have been lately, then they will be sure to set a new consecutive win record much greater than the last.
Despite their slow start earlier in the season, the Sun have made strides to go on a five-game winning streak, and this was most recently highlighted by their 89-67 victory over the Indiana Fever. Rookie forward Chiney Ogwumike continued her brilliant play for the team, coming back from a difficult first half to finish the night with 18 points. Four of Connecticut’s starting five scored in double digits on the night.
The Sun have a busy week ahead of them, including a home game Wednesday against the Chicago Sky, who are fourth in the East Division, and then a trip to Washington, who has been suffering a four-game losing streak. They will round out the week with a trip to New York on Sunday for a big game with the Liberty to meet a familiar face in Tina Charles, who has been averaging 16.1 ppg this season. With wins this week, the Sun can maintain their number two spot in the East, and possibly even make a run for the lead in the division.
Keeping Up with the Huskies
UConn football has been in the news recently. Three of the Huskies’ games, Boise State, USF, and Eastern Carolina, have all been scheduled for kickoff on national television. The Boise State game highlights the schedule with a kickoff time of 12 pm on September 13th, and will be televised on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2.
For those who happen to be in the area, UConn football Head Coach Bob Diaco will be at North Haven’s Buffalo Wild Wings this Thursday to round out his “Summer Huddles,” in which he meets Husky fans and talks about the upcoming season.