By now, you may have heard that Waterford pitcher Mike Burrows struck out 21 of 22 batters that he faced in a no-hitter vs. Killingly Monday. Redmen hitters made contact on five of 84 pitches. Teammate Walker Sutman had to follow that up Friday. And he did–with a win and 14 strikeouts.
“Mike just had a tremendous game the other day,” Sutman said. “I’ve never seen anything like it and just to follow that up is always tough. I just had to do my thing, throw strikes, get the batters out, and get the win today.”
The Lancers (5-1) topped the Fitch-Groton Falcons (3-4) 4-2 in a noon game inspired by spring break. Sutman allowed two runs and four hits–both scores coming on a hit and an error in the opening inning.
”Throwing the first strike is very important,” Sutman said. The first inning, the very first batter i faced, I walked him on four pitches. After that, they had a double and knocked in those runs, so next inning, I knew how to be more efficient to throw the first-pitch strike.”
Sutman came out in the second and tossed a scintillating frame striking out all three falcons on nine pitches in two minutes and nine seconds.
Later that inning, senior Alex Petchark’s two-run single put the Lancers up for good. Sophomore Sonny Pezzello was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Ty Yeomans had a double and scored a run.
Hendrick Koury, a 6’2″ senior for the Falcons, doubled in a run in the first and later scored in that inning. Teammate Ian Cekala struck out eight Lancers and allowed four runs on nine hits.
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