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Old Lyme - Pitching may determine how far the Old Lyme High School baseball team goes this season.
And if Thursday is any indicator, it could be quite a ride.
Matt Przybysz pitched a two-hitter, lifting the Wildcats to a 2-0 win over North Branford in a Shoreline Conference game at windy Gloria Maddocks Field.
Przybysz (2-0), a junior right-hander, struck out one and walked two.
The Wildcats (3-1, 3-1) are coming off a 17-8 season that saw them advance to the semifinals of both the Shoreline and Class S tournaments. They lost to eventual state champion Oxford in Class S and fell to S runnerup Cromwell in the Shoreline.
"We're going to hit,'' said Old Lyme coach Randy St. Germain, whose team also fields well - despite making three errors Thursday.
And with four seniors, three juniors and two sophomores in Thursday's lineup, the team has a nice veteran/newcomer mix.
Przybysz, who plays third base when he's not pitching, credited St. Germain with his success against North Branford.
"He did a great job working on consistency with me,'' Przybysz said. "We were working on it all week. I felt very comfortable today. I could throw any pitch at any time.''
North Branford junior left-hander Sean Halligan was almost as tough as Przybysz, holding Old Lyme to three hits.
"He kept us off balance,'' said St. Germain.
But a tough fourth inning for Halligan was the difference. Phil Cohen worked out a bases-loaded walk and a groundout by sophomore Cameron Dean-Frazer delivered the second run.
It was more than enough for Przybysz, who pitched out of trouble in two innings but never cracked.
"Matt threw great today,'' St. Germain said. "We made a couple of adjustments. Worked on a consistent approach.
"He has gotten control of his fastball. He had a lot of short at-bats today. I don't think he threw more than 75 pitches.''
The Shoreline tournament final is back at Norwich's Dodd Stadium this year. It's a date the Wildcats would like to make.
"I think we can win the Shoreline,'' said Przybysz. "We have all the pieces.''