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Thursday, August 16 High School Sports

Baseball notebook: Fairfield Prep the best around

We will crown champions after the state tournaments, but if you are looking for the team that has separated itself from everyone else in the regular season, look no further than Fairfield Prep.

The Jesuits (17-1) have won 12 in a row and have been ranked No. 1 in the GametimeCT state poll for three straight weeks.

South Windsor is 15-1 and has taken on all comers in the CCC, but the depth of that conference is not equal to the SCC.

Still, South Windsor could wind up as the No. 1 seed in the Class LL tournament if it stays the course and Prep slips.

South Windsor has four regular season games left, including a matchup with Manchester.

Even if the Jesuits lose both remaining games this week against Shelton and Hamden, they might fall no lower than No. 10 in Class LL, speaking to how good they have been.

TIGERS ROARING

With both Prep and South Windsor surging above them, Ridgefield has quietly won nine in a row, positioning itself as the No. 3 team in Class LL starting the final week of the season.

The wins have not come against FCIAC slouches.

During this streak, the Tigers defeated three teams ina row who have been ranked in the GametimeCT state poll in Darien, St. Joseph and Staples.

It is no secret the Tigers are winning with pitching.

Alex Price, Jake Artzt and Matt DeLuca have been arguably the best trio in the state on the mound and will give the Tigers incredible depth of starting pitching come tournament time.

The other top teams in Class LL are just as hot. Besides Fairfield Prep’s 12 in a row, South Windsor has nailed down its last seven and Newtown has won eight straight.

The Tigers close out the regular season against Westhill and Warde before playing in the FCIAC tournament.

ROCK STEADY

No sport conjures strange traditions quite like baseball.

We have seen everything from rally caps to lucky sunflower-seed piles and countless other oddities become baseball traditions through the years and the Watertown baseball team is adding to that.

Beginning with the 12-2 won over Torrington last week, the team began giving away a “Rock of the Game” award to the game’s outstanding player.

The award is literally a large rock and it was first won by Justin Guerrera, who hit for the cycle with six RBIs in the win over Torrington.

FCIAC DASH

As the final week of the regular season begins, only three teams are technically eliminated from FCIAC playoff contention.

Going into Monday’s game, Ridgefield, Staples, Danbury and Darien have secured FCIAC playoff spots, leaving 10 teams alive for final four spots

Fourteen teams from the conference have qualified for state tournaments.

STILL PERFECT

Shepaug Valley, out of the Berkshire League, at 16-0 is the last unbeaten CIAC team.

Shepaug will be tested as it was scheduled to play Thomaston on Monday and at always tough Lewis Mills on Wednesday.

The bats have remained hot all year for Shepaug, which has only scored fewer than six runs once.

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The team will be playing for the No. 1 seed in the Class S tournament with Holy Cross (16-2) waiting at No. 2 should Shepaug go down.

NO-HIT AGAIN

Mike Burrows of Waterford pitched his second-consecutive no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over Stonington last week.

The UConn-bound Burrows struck out 14 while only walking one.

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.

com; @EricsonSports

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