It is no secret that teams with deep pitching staffs tend to thrive in the postseason.
If that is true, watch out for East Catholic in Class M out of the CCC.
The Eagles’ pitching staff has accounted for 10 shutouts so far this season, helping the team to a 13-4 record.
Last week, the team did not allow a run, beating Southington 4-0, Tolland 12-0 and RHAM 6-0.
It is the second time this season the Eagles have won three in a row all by shutout.
In the win over Southington, senior Anthony Mozzicato dominated, tossing a two-hitter while striking out six.
Mozzicato has not allowed an earned run all season and has a 0.47 WHIP with 56 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.
His brother, sophomore Frankie Mozzicato, has thrown 25 innings, striking out 45 with a 2.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
Jake McDowell has 30 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched, a 1.94 ERA and 0.94 WHIP while Matt Byam has struck out 29 in 18 innings with a 1.17 ERA and 0.83 WHIP.
Byam also threw a no-hitter on opening day, setting the tone for the season-long dominance on the mound for the Eagles.
“We know we have to go deep in our pitching staff. That’s how baseball is supposed to be played, you play every day,” East Catholic coach Martin Fiori said. “Our pitching has been solid. Anthony Mozzicato is our guy, he’s a four-year starter. His brother, Frankie, has been pitching well. If everybody can throw strikes, I like our chances. Strikes are our friend.”
The two longest current winning streaks in the state belong to the top two teams in the GameTimeCT poll and Class LL.
Newtown has won 14 in a row since losing 8-6 to Ridgefield on April 4. The Nighthawks have not lost all season in SWC play, with games against New Milford and Bethel remaining. Between those league games, they take on Seymour.
Topping that, the No. 1 team in the GameTimeCT poll, Cheshire, has won 16 straight after losing on opening day to Amity, 1-0.
Amity gets another shot at Cheshire on Wednesday before the Rams finish the season at Shelton.
No. 8 South Windsor has won nine straight and is third in Class LL though it has seven more games to play with no conference tournament.
No. 5 Berlin has the longest winning streak in Class L at 10 games while Coventry in Class S has won 10 in a row out of the NCCC.