Ranks of un­beaten teams is shrink­ing

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - PAGE 2 - By Scott Eric­son Ser­ic­son @stam­for­dad­vo­cate.com; @Eric­sonS­ports

The base­ball sea­son is only two weeks old and only four un­beaten teams are left in Class LL.

No. 1-ranked Sta­ples (5-0), New Mil­ford (5-0), Manch­ester (4-0) and South Wind­sor (4-0) re­main per­fect in Class LL.

Run­ning the ta­ble as a LL team in base­ball is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult and all four of those teams have a long way to go and a lot of qual­ity teams to take on.

It can be ar­gued that an un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son is more im­pres­sive than win­ning a ti­tle in a one­and-done tour­na­ment, yet un­beaten reg­u­lar-sea­son teams are usu­ally noth­ing more than in­ter­est­ing foot­notes if no cham­pi­onship hard­ware is pro­cured.

Class L has four teams with­out a loss, in­clud­ing Hand (5-0); St. Joseph (4-0) is among five teams in Class M that are per­fect while Class S has six teams with no losses, though one of those teams, Housatonic Re­gional, is just 1-0.

YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN

Tak­ing a quick glance at Notre Dame-West Haven’s sched­ule, one may have paused at see­ing a team from Hop­kin­ton, Mass., as an early sea­son op­po­nent.

The Green Knights won the game eas­ily 12-2, but the real story was who was coach­ing Hop­kin­ton.

The vis­i­tors were coached by none other than 1981 NDWH grad­u­ate Steve Si­moes.

Si­moes played three years on the var­sity for NDWH, also play­ing foot­ball and hockey at the school, be­fore go­ing on to play base­ball at Bos­ton Col­lege.

Si­moes took over as head coach at Hop­kin­ton last sea­son and wanted to bring his team, with his son Steven as catcher, down to play against his alma mater.

In an­other twist, Si­moes was once coached in youth base­ball by Steve Kirck Sr. (NDWH Class of 1964) whose grand­son, Bren­dan, was pitch­ing for the Green Knights on Satur­day, strik­ing out eight and pick­ing up the vic­tory.

TOUCH THEM ALL, FAST

Grand slams usu­ally end up over the fence, but last week Mid­dle­town got one an­other way.

Play­ing against Bulke­ley/ Weaver at An­nie Fisher Field in Hart­ford, Mid­dle­town ju­nior Brandon Parker hit an in­side-the-park grand slam.

Parker lined the ball into a gap in the out­field and kept on truck­ing all the way home, clear­ing the bases.

NO-HIT­TER WATCH

Four no-hit­ters were tossed last week.

Jonathan Lopez of Hard­ing threw a no-hit­ter lead­ing the Pres­i­dents over Bullard-Havens 7-0.

Tommy Li of Wood­stock Academy tossed his gem in an 11-0 win over Wind­ham.

Southing­ton duo Ja­son Krar and Bryce Worth com­bined on a no-no with Krar pitch­ing six in­nings and Worth fin­ish­ing it off with a clean sev­enth, beat­ing Tol­land 5-0.

Fi­nally, North­west­ern’s Casey Wein­gart struck out four and walked two in a 10-0 vic­tory over Thomas­ton.

As al­ways, please send in your no-hit­ters to Game­timeCT.com, so they can be added to the run­ning list.

HIGH AND TIGHT

Pete Paguaga and I have be­gun a Con­necti­cut high school base­ball pod­cast called “High and Tight,” which will be com­ing out ev­ery Tues­day af­ter­noon dur­ing the sea­son on Game­timeCT.

As part of the pod­cast, we will be choos­ing a Dirt Dog of the Week each show.

The Dirt Dog award goes to a player who got his uni­form dirty and made a play that might not show up in the box score but changed the game.

To nom­i­nate a Dirt Dog on Twit­ter, use the hash­tag #DirtDogsCT or tag @Eric­sonS­ports and @PetePaguaga.

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