NORTH STONINGTON — When Wheeler High’s baseball team needed a big pitching performance this season, Bowen Baker was given the ball.
Baker, a sophomore, earned ECC Division III first-team honors for his work on the mound — and at the plate — this season.
“Bowen Baker had a great season for us,” Lions coach Eric Collins said. “We depended on him tremendously when we had to go after a win.
“He changes speed well, his fastball is sneaky fast and his curveball is outstanding.”
Baker (3-4) finished with 71 strikeouts in a team-high 40 innings. He had the best ERA on the team at 4.38.
At the plate, Baker had the second-best batting average for the Lions at .345. He tripled twice and drove in 12 runs.
“He is able to work the counts,” Collins said. “We can hit-and-run with him because he always puts the ball in play. He can also change his approach with two strikes.”
Wheeler’s Chris Caisse and Aidan Cameron earned Division III honorable-mention recognition.
Caisse, a senior who played shortstop most of the season, finished with a .339 batting average. He had 19 hits, including two triples, and drove in eight runs.
Cameron, a sophomore catcher, led the team in hitting with a .359 average. He also had the most hits (23), scored the most runs (17) and was first in doubles with five.
Senior Anthony Cibarich received the sportsmanship award, while senior Calvin Vrabel earned the scholar-athlete honor.
Wheeler finished 7-13 overall and 2-9 in the league. The Lions tied for the final spot in the Class S state tournament, but did not qualify based on a tiebreaker that assigns random numbers to each team before the season starts. The highest number prevails in the tiebreaker.