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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

H-K Quietly Emerges as a Contender

The Haddam-Killingworth baseball team doesn’t do anything spectacular, and the Cougars really don’t have any eye-catching wins.

So call Haddam-Killingworth the silent assassin.

Quietly, the Cougars are knocking teams off one by one on their way to a 15-1 record entering this week. They have emerged as the favorite to win their first Shoreline Conference title since 2006 and will be a clear contender when the Class M state tournament comes around.

“It’s beginning to get that way,” Haddam-Killingworth coach Mark Brookes said about others now taking notice of his team. “We’re not going to get recognition unless we pile up those wins. We’ve just minded our own business and rolled along.”

Brookes did not know what to expect this season after graduating six starters on a struggling offense that managed to hit just .260.

There has been much progress as the Cougars are hitting over .300. It starts with leadoff hitter Dan Milardo, who is hitting .400 with 19 stolen bases and 10 RBIs. Catcher Carson Mislick has a team-high 14 RBIs, and then there several consistent hitters like Matt Stojak, Colin Sledzik and Chris Milardo.

The pitching has been just as strong.

Senior Rob Flynn is 6-0 with a 2.19 ERA and Sledzik is 5-0 with a 1.68 ERA. Meanwhile, sophomore Wes Nuhn has come on as a reliable No. 3 pitcher (he tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out five in a 1-0 win over East Hampton last week).

“We’re not blowing anyone away,” Brookes said. “We’re managing to win, but we don’t think we’re untouchable.”

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