Amity’s Concato no-hits Greenwich baseball in class LL quarters

The sun that was beaming down at Greenwich High School wasn’t the only heat that day, as Amity Regional High School’s Mike Concato put on a clinic, throwing a no-hitter to beat Greenwich High School 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class LL tournament.

Big Red seemed to be off to a good start but quickly lost steam as Amity proved to be too much for the Cards. Concato pitched his first no-hitter of the season and brought his total innings without a hit up to 13 as of press time.

“I was trying not to think about it too much,” said Concato. “I take each team the same, don’t overthink it, just come in and play my game.”

Concato had five strikeouts in the game and kept his ball count below two until the sixth inning. He also forced Big Red to fly out to the outfield 10 times in the game. He had everything under control throughout the entire game.

Greenwich coach Mike Mora felt that although his team lost, it did everything it could to battle Concato.

“He can rotate his fast ball, he can throw a breaking ball behind in the count,” said Mora about Concato, who will attend Dartmouth next fall. “He is a fantastic high school pitcher — he is going to be a very good college pitcher and maybe even a professional one day. We were throwing from close yesterday, we were working on some things but it’s tough to simulate that. The kids worked on it and did great in practice. It is not for a lack of effort, I’ll tell you that. These kids work hard and play hard.”

Greenwich starting pitcher J.T. Hintzen seemed to have Amity on the ropes early on but eventually the Spartans caught on and lit up the field, scoring three runs in the third inning.

“They were definitely overanxious and they were swinging at it in the first inning or two and I thought that if they were a little more patient we could have gotten a few more runs early on in the game,” said Amity Regional High School head coach Sal Coppola. “We just kept bringing them after every inning, trying to calm them down and say ‘let them come down to your zone’ and they did.”

Christopher Katz, scoring the first run of the game for Amity, got on  base with a walk and then quickly scored off a double by Keith Klebart.

Jake Russo, Justin Ashworth and Katz all scored for Amity, helping the Spartans to victory. Even with the scoreboard reading 6-0, Ryota Fujikara fought hard, battling Concato before Concato struck him out to end the game.

“That is what we thought would be a little bit to our advantage this game,” said Coppola of his starting pitcher. “It’s not often that you see a guy like that. He was throwing four different pitches — that’s tough.”

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