Lewis, No. 1 Waterford still perfect

Connor Lewis pitched a two-hitter as unbeaten Waterford, the top-ranked team in the state, handed Ledyard its first loss of the season on Monday, 2-0. The Lancers improved to 6-0.
Connor Lewis pitched a two-hitter as unbeaten Waterford, the top-ranked team in the state, handed Ledyard its first loss of the season on Monday, 2-0. The Lancers improved to 6-0. Tim Martin/ The Day Buy Photo

Ledyard — In the past month, Connor Lewis has:

• Made a shot at the buzzer that sent Waterford High School to the second round of the state basketball playoffs.

• Held an all-state forward to three points, helping the Lancers make the state basketball semifinals.

• Hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning of the home baseball opener, delivering Waterford past East Lyme.

And then Monday, with the Lancers named the state's new No. 1 team in the New Haven Register poll, all Lewis did was pitch a two-hit shutout in Waterford's 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Ledyard.

"It's been fun," Lewis said.

Monday's version of "fun" was eight strikeouts, four walks and escaping a jam with the tying runs aboard in the bottom of the seventh at Matt Buriak Field.

"It was kind of hard going right from basketball to baseball. After the loss (in the semifinals) I was pretty upset," Lewis said. "But I've been transitioning well, I think. ... I like the pressure."

Waterford coach Art Peluso: "Connor is a solid kid. Good things happen to you when you do the right thing, not just on the field, but in life. He does things the right way."

Lewis shares that with his teammates, who have made their way to the top of Connecticut through the time-honored principles of pitching and defense. The Lancers (6-0) have allowed two runs and have committed two errors in 46 innings this season. They have won games 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 thus far, helped along by the pitching of Adam Goss, Thomas Sutera, Lewis and others.

"Defense and pitching are mainstays," Peluso said. "Offensively we haven't struggled. We just haven't gotten that timely hit. That's kind of the way it goes. We'll figure that out."

Waterford's two unearned runs off Kyle Haney handed the Colonels (4-1) their first loss. Still, a promising start.

"I thought we could beat them. They score no earned runs and we had our guy going who we felt matched up with them and he pitched very well," Ledyard coach Sam Kilpatrick said. "I think we're right there with them. I told the kids this doesn't define our season. It's just game five on our schedule."

Haney allowed two hits and struck out four.

Seth Hoagland beat out a potential double-play grounder in the third to score Jesse Coates with the only run Lewis needed.

m.dimauro@theday.com

Waterford's Tommy Pezzolesi (14) is forced at at second base by Ledyard's Nick Traystman during the third inning of Monday's game at Matt Buriak Field in Ledyard. The unbeaten Lancers, ranked No. 1 in the latest state poll, beat the Colonels 2-0.
Waterford's Tommy Pezzolesi (14) is forced at at second base by Ledyard's Nick Traystman during the third inning of Monday's game at Matt Buriak Field in Ledyard. The unbeaten Lancers, ranked No. 1 in the latest state poll, beat the Colonels 2-0. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo
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