NORTH STONINGTON — Wheeler High's Bowen Baker dominated on the mound this season and was rewarded for it: The junior earned All-ECC Division IV first-team honors in baseball.
The 6-foot-2 left-hander posted a 4-0 record in five starts, and recorded 82 strikeouts in 36⅓ innings. His ERA was a paltry 1.16.
Baker fanned 18 in a victory over Windham on May 7, allowing just one hit while throwing just 85 pitches. He opened the season with 16 strikeouts against Putnam and had 17 against Windham on April 6.
"His control is phenomenal," Wheeler coach Eric Collins said. "He throws in the mid-80s and is getting stronger. He can throw the changeup and the curveball for strikes."
Baker did not have any starts after he blanked Windham in the Lions' 5-0 win on May 7.
"We shut him down after the Windham game for precautionary reasons," Collins said. "He had a minor shoulder injury."
Baker had just as big a season at the plate. He led the team in hitting (.515), slugging (.848), runs scored (25), hits (34), RBIs (12), doubles (5), triples (1) and home runs (5).
Baker was joined by a Wheeler teammate on the Division IV first team: Junior Aidan Cameron was selected as a designated hitter.
Cameron played catcher for the Lions, finishing the season with a .439 average, 25 hits including four doubles, and 10 RBIs.
"He played very solid behind the plate," Collins said. "He calls a pretty good game and he's got a decent arm on the throw down to second base."
Freshman Matt Pierce was a Division IV honorable mention selection. Pierce hit .386 with 12 RBIs and 22 hits. Defensively, Pierce played numerous positions in the infield and outfield well, according to Collins.
Connor Melinosky won the team's ECC sportsmanship award, and Lukas Jones won the scholar-athlete honor.
Wheeler finished the season 7-13, one win short of qualifying for the Class S tournament. The Lions graduate just one senior.