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Area baseball season begins Saturday in Hartford with a collegiate doubleheader

Once again, the first game of the year at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford will be a college baseball game with the University of Hartford. The Hawks are hosting a doubleheader Saturday with Central Connecticut State and UConn beginning at 11:30 a.m.

HARTFORD, March 30 – The Eastern League season doesn’t open until April 5 when the Hartford Yard Goats host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at 7 p.m.

But baseball will be played at Dunkin Donuts Park earlier than that. The University of Hartford baseball team will host a doubleheader against Central Connecticut State and UConn on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m.

That kicks off a slate of eight collegiate games at Dunkin Donuts Park this spring and at least 16 high school games at the two-year-old facility.

This will be the first of four games at Dunkin Donuts Park for the Hawks (5-19). Hartford lost to Connecticut, 9-1 on Thursday but has won three of their last four games. The Hawks face Central Connecticut State at 11:30 a.m. and the Huskies at 3:30 p.m.

The Huskies (14-9) played their first 21 games of the season on the round and are thrilled to be back home with two games this weekend – all in Connecticut against Northeast opponents. Central Connecticut (7-10) lost to UConn on Friday, 6-1, but the Blue Devils have won four of their last six games. Central won the Northeast Conference a year ago and played in the 2017 NCAA Division I tournament.

UConn is also playing five games at Dunkin Donuts Park including Friday night and Saturday afternoon games against American Athletic Conference opponents Tulane and Houston on April 27-28 and May 11-12.

Avon will play a doubleheader at Dunkin Donuts Park on Monday, April 30 by facing Bulkeley/Weaver at 3:30 p.m. and then South Windsor in the nightcap beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Falcons faced Bulkeley/Weaver at Dunkin Donuts Park a year ago.

Avon High baseball coach Jon Yolles goes over the park’s ground rules before last April’s game against Bulkeley/Weaver at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford.

Avon Old Farms will challenge Kingswood-Oxford of West Hartford on Wednesday, April 18.

Hartford school Sport Science Medical Academy (SMSA) will play five games at Dunkin Donuts Park while Bulkeley/Weaver is scheduled to play three games at the park.

Collegiate Baseball
Saturday, March 31 Hartford (5-19) vs. Central Connecticut State (7-10), 11:30 a.m.
Hartford vs. UConn (14-9), 3:30 p.m.
Friday, April 27 Tulane vs. UConn, 7:05
Saturday, April 28 Tulane vs. UConn, 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1 Hartford vs. UMass, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 11 Houston vs. UConn, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 12: Houston vs. UConn, 2:05 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16 Hartford vs. Central Connecticut State, 7 p.m.


High School Baseball
Thursday, April 12 Kingswood-Oxford vs. Hopkins-New Haven, 3 p.m.
Hotchkiss vs. Choate Rosemary Hall, 5:30 p.m.
East Catholic vs. Northwest Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 13 University High/Classical vs. Cheney Tech, 3 p.m.
Monday, April 16 SMSA vs. Windsor Locks, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17 SMSA vs. East Windsor, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18 Kingswood Oxford vs. Avon Old Farms, 2 p.m.
Windsor vs. Wethersfield, 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 26 Bolton vs. HMTCA, 3:30 p.m.
SMSA vs. Suffield, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30 Avon vs. Bulkeley/Weaver, 3:30 p.m.
Avon vs. South Windsor, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, May 21 Bulkeley/Weaver vs. Capital Prep, 3:30 p.m.
Bulkeley/Weaver vs. Hartford Public, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 East Windsor vs. Windsor, 6:30 p.m.
SMSA vs. Stafford, 3:30 p.m.


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 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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