The Suffolk County team playoffs will continue with eight teams playing in quarterfinal action across the county on Thursday afternoon. The top four seeds in the tournament are all still alive and the field will be reduced to just four at the day’s end.
Below are the four quarterfinal matches to be played today:
►(8) Connetquot at (1) Half Hollow Hills West
Hills West has been the top team in Suffolk all season long and will look to remain undefeated as it goes through the Suffolk tournament. The Colts snapped the 106-match winning streak of rival Hills East earlier in the season, and then went on to beat the Thunderbirds one more time.
Connetquot got past ninth-seeded Northport team in the second-round. The 14-2 Thunderbirds escaped an upset bid from Northport as John Gunn & Joey DiMartino beat Matt Washburn & Ian Buitenkint 6-2, 6-7(7-4), 6-3 at second doubles to secure the 4-3 win.
Hills West won both of the regular season meetings between these two, both by the score of 6-1.
►(12) East Hampton at (4) Ward Melville
East Hampton is the lowest seed still remaining in the tournament after the Bonackers took out fifth-seed Bayport-Blue Point. It will have its hands full against a Ward Melville squad that has dropped just one match all season long.
The Patriots of Ward Melville will look to avoid the upset bid by East Hampton and reach the semifinals.
►(6) Bay Shore at (3) Commack
The Bay Shore Marauders come into the quarterfinal matchup with Commack as one of the hottest teams on all of Long Island. Winners of 13 straight since opening the season with two straight losses, Bay Shore is coming off of a hard-fought 4-3 win over Sachem East in the previous round.
Commack has been one of the more steady teams all season long in Suffolk. The Cougars have won four of its last five matches, including a 6-1 win over Ross in the second round of the playoffs.
►(7) Huntington at (2) Half Hollow Hills East
The Hills East Thunderbirds enter this match with just two blemishes on its resume this season, the two defeats to cross-town rival Hills West. It has won three straight since its last loss, though, and dispatched of Mattituck 6-1 in the second-round.
It will take on a Huntington team that has been up and down this season, but played well in its 7-0 win over Miller Place in the last round.
Hills East won the two meetings against Huntington in the regular season.
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