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Canton Little League team opens play in state tournament on Thursday night

The Canton Little League baseball team will open state tournament play on Thursday against Prospect.

PLYMOUTH, July 19 –  For the just the fourth time, the Canton Little League baseball All-Star team will play in the Major Division (ages 11-12) state tournament beginning on Thursday night in Terryville.

Canton, which won their first District 6 championship since 1988 on Friday night over Burlington, will face District 3 champion Prospect (4-1) on Thursday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Canton will play District 5 champion Wallingford (5-1) on Friday night also at 6:30 p.m.

Canton (6-1) is playing in the Section II tournament – a three-team bracket. The top two teams will play in the final on Saturday night for the right to advance to the four-team double elimination bracket at Guilford Middle School. That winner advances to the New England Regional championship tournament in Bristol.

Canton is seeking their first-ever state tournament win. In their previous appearances in 1988, 1977 and 1952, Canton lost their opening round contest in single-elimination tournaments.

2017 Little League baseball
Connecticut state tournament
Major Division (ages 11-12)

Section I
Wednesday, July 19
Fairfield American (D2) 6, Ridgefield (D1) 2
Thursday, July 20
North Branford (D4) vs. Ridgefield (D1) at North Branford, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 21
North Branford vs. Fairfield American at Orange, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 22
Final: Top two teams, 8 p.m. at Orange

Section II
At Terryville
Wednesday, July 19
Wallingford (D5) 13, Prospect (D3) 7
Thursday, July 20
Canton (D6) vs. Prospect (D3), 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21
Canton vs. Wallingford, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22
Final: Top two teams, 7 p.m.

Section III
At Waterford
Wednesday, July 19
Newington (D7) vs. Cromwell (D9), 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 20
Waterford (D10) vs. Newington (D7), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21
Waterford vs. Cromwell, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22
Final: Top two teams, 5:30 p.m.

Section IV
At Killingly
Wednesday, July 19
Ellington (D8) 12, Willimantic (D11) 2
Thursday, July 20
Mansfield (D12) vs. Ellington (D8),  5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21
Mansfield vs. Willimantic, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22
Final: Top two teams, 10 a.m.

2017 Little League State Championship 
At Guilford Adams Middle School
Friday, July 28
Game 1 – Sec. 1 champion vs. Sec. 2 champion, 5:30  p.m.
Game 2 — Sec. 3 champion vs. Sec. 4 champion, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 29
Game 3- Winner G1 v Winner G2 11:00 AM
Game 4- Loser G1 v Loser G2 2:00 PM
Sunday, July 30
Game 5- Loser G3 v Winner G4 11:00 AM
Monday, July 31
Game 6- Winner G5 v Winner G3 5:30 PM
Tuesday, August 1
Game 7- Winner G6 v Loser G6 5:30 PM If necessary

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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