The incessant heat of summertime 2010 in the Greater New Milford area has been ratcheted up in recent weeks around the dusty slowpitch softball diamonds of New Milford.

Regular-season action in New Milford Parks & Recreation's men's and women's leagues winds down next week at Young's Field and Pettibone School, setting the stage for climactic playoffs to determine the various divisional champions.

Thirty-six men's teams and eight women's squads have been trading pitches and swings since late April in pursuit of playoff qualification.

At stake starting next week will the women's crown and four men's division titles. If the current schedule is maintained, the first playoff games would be played next Thursday.

Championships are expected to be determined by mid-August, pending Mother Nature's occasional interruptions for rain.

For updated coverage and more photos, see the Spectrum's Aug. 6, 13 and 20 editions.

For playoff information, call Parks & Recreation at 860-355-6050.

The regular season concluded last week. Teams which had won regular-season divisional titles and the respective top seeds for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

The standings

(through July 26)

WOMEN

Chiarella Heating 16 1

Hometown Liquors 12 4

Candlewood/Fat City 9 6

Dumas Drywall 9 8

Churyk Iron Works 8 8

NM Police Union 6 11

Gary's Ribhouse 5 11

Drs. Phillips/Lambert 0 16

MEN

North

Chemero Group 13 4

Sports Page Cafe 11 4

J.H.K. Landscaping 9 5

A-1 Auto Body 10 6

NM Spirit Shoppe 9 7

Brew Crew 8 7

Pronto Mechanical 7 10

South Kent Diplomat 6 11

YardApes 5 11

Stone Gardens 2 15

South

Dr. Don's Auto 13 2

B & B Mason 14 3

Hometown Liquors 12 5

Warehouse Wines 8 8

Green Rhino 8 9

Pupper/Mr. Septic 5 12

Davis IGA/Audia 4 12

Midway Care Care 1 14

East

NM Sports Club 16 0

Public Power 11 5

Longo Associates 10 6

Nostalgia/A-1 Auto 9 8

C.E.D. Services 8 6

Bruzzi Landscaping 6 10

Kimberly-Clark 3 15

Premier Asset 1 14

West

Gargon Construction 12 5

H & H Homes 11 6

Pete's Smokehouse 10 5

Murphy's Tire 10 7

S & S Precision 7 8

Odd Fellows 7 8

Fat City Bucks 7 9

Beatty Construction 11 7

R.R.R. Maintenance 5 11

Northville Baptist 5 12