The St. Joseph Cadets completed an undefeated FCIAC regular season on Wednesday and will lead a contingent of eight softball teams into the conference playoffs, which will get underway with the quarterfinals later this week.
Games are tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, May 20, but checkFCIAC.net for updates
Here is the FCIAC softball quarterfinal schedule:
No. 8 Danbury (10-6 FCIAC) at No. 1 St. Joseph (16-0)
No. 7 Ludlowe (10-6) at No. 2 Westhill (14-2)
No. 6 Stamford (10-6) at No. 3 Warde (12-4)
No. 5 Darien (10-6) at No. 4 Trumbull (11-5)
The semifinals and final will be held at Sacred Heart University, with the semis at 3 and 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, and the final at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 26.
The top four seeds were based solely on records with no tiebreakers needed.
The last four seeds were a different story.
Stamford, Darien, Danbury and Ludlowe finished tied with 10-6 FCIAC records.
Head-to-head, the Danbury Hatters were 0-3 against the other four teams in the tie and thus wound up at No. 8.
In a three-way tiebreaker between Darien, Stamford and Ludlowe, all three teams had 1-1 records, so the tie was broken using the quality win criteria.
All three lost to the top three seeds, but Darien and Stamford both beat Trumbull, the No. 4 seed, while Ludlowe lost to the Eagles, so Ludlowe took the No. 7 seed.
Darien then went to No. 5 and Stamford to No. 6 because Darien won their head-to-head match-up during the regular season.