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    Friday, January 27, 2023

    H.S. baseball roundup: Waterford's Burrows repeats his no-hit success

    Waterford — Mike Burrows pitched his second straight no-hitter as Waterford High School beat Stonington 8-0 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II baseball game Tuesday.

    Burrows, the UConn-bound senior, struck out 14. Burrows no-hit Norwich Free Academy on April 30, striking out 16 in a 6-0 win. He also struck out 21 in a no-hitter against Killingly his junior year.

    "He throws three or four pitches and he throws them for strikes,'' Waterford coach Art Peluso said. "His fastball is in the 90s now. If you take away his first start this year, he's been lights out.''

    Burrows, who averages two strikeouts per inning for his career, walked one batter.

    "It's a game of inches,'' Burrows said. "When my stuff is on, it's two or three inches down. And if it's two or three inches up it gets hit better.''

    Burrows felt he had better stuff against NFA, but went right after Stonington (4-10, 2-6) and had a 5-0 lead after two innings.

    "I went after them with fastballs, curves and sliders,'' Burrows said. "I'd say 85 percent were fastballs. I was working the four-seamer and the two-seamer.''

    Jared Burrows, his cousin, doubled twice and scored twice. Nick Porazzi singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice, Matt Driscoll doubled and drove in two runs and Mike Burrows doubled in two runs for Waterford (11-3, 5-3).

    In other games:

    • East Lyme, combined with Ledyard's win over NFA, won the ECC Division I regular-season title despite suffering a 4-3 loss to Fitch. Manish Rane-Castrodad had two hits and an RBI for Fitch (10-5, 4-3) and Giovanni Valentine and Calvin Jacey each had one hit and one RBI. Luke Leonard led East Lyme (9-5, 6-1) with three hits and one RBI and Matt Malcom had two hits and an RBI.

    • Ledyard's Cade Walters pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, in a 5-3 victory over NFA in an ECC Division I matchup. Ken Turner, Drew Riffle and Weston Bruce all drove in runs with hits for Ledyard (7-7, 3-3). NFA is 4-10, 2-3.

    • Nick Calash had three hits and pitched 5.2 innings in relief to earn the victory as Montville defeated Killingly 15-3 in an ECC Division II game. Alex Quidgeon and Jacob Plikus also had three hits each for Montville (12-3, 6-2).

    • Chris Caisse, Bowen Baker and Chris Haines had hits for Wheeler in a 15-1 loss to Plainfield in an ECC Division III game. Haines drove in a run for Wheeler (3-11, 1-8).

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