Barlow baseball scores most runs in state final since 1976, tops Woodland for Class M championship

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MIDDLETOWN — Barlow pitcher Matt Scott had one more game in his high school career and he was not going to spend it anywhere but on the mound.

After throwing more than 100 pitches in the CIAC Class M semifinals, Scott took the ball in the championship game and he did not disappoint.

Scott, the Stanford-bound pitcher expected to be taken in July’s MLB Draft, struck out 10, pitching five innings, delivering No. 4 seeded Barlow its first state title since 1964 with a dominating 20-1 win over No. 7 Woodland at Palmer Field.

“We were thinking about it for a while,” said Scott. “Three days rest but it wasn’t a very hard decision. Last night we figured out, one last time let’s go out there and do it. A few years ago we won two games and now we are state champions.”

It is the most runs scored in a state final since 1976, when St. Joseph beat Cromwell 24-2. St. Basil shares the record for most runs scored in a championship game, defeating Washington 24-2 in 1961.

All season, Barlow coach Matt Griffiths preached that his team was more than just Scott and 20 runs in the state final certainly sent that message loud and clear.

“We came in with a plan to be super aggressive with the bats and it worked out and it was enough to get the job done,” Griffiths said. “We decided last night around 10 o’clock that Matt would pitch. Tough call. We have always been very conservative with him over his career with a pitch count but knowing if there was a time to do it, it was probably now. He was feeling good but it and he’s in great shape. It’s only fitting that Matt Scott is the one to bring it home for us.”

Barlow finishes 23-4 while Woodland finished 21-7.

Barlow scored two in the first, one on an error by the shortstop and another on a bases loaded walk. Woodland escaped further damage as Michael Belcher got the last two outs of the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

Belcher got out of a bases loaded situation in the second inning as well, but not after two more Barlow runs scored courtesy of a passed ball and an infield error.

Barlow busted it open in the third with three more runs on a run-scoring double by Will Scott and a two-run home run by Jason Gaudio to left field, making it 7-0 after three.

Barlow would score 13 runs in the bottom of the fourth, going up 20-0.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Matt Scott, Barlow: The Stanford-bound ace showed the state why is widely considered the best player in the state with his performance on the mound.

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“It feels amazing. It’s been like 60 years since Barlow won and we are glad to finally do it,” Scott said. “Everyone was hitting today. We scored in almost every inning. it’s just awesome.”

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

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Batteries: B—Matt Scott (W) Will Iuzzolino and Kyle Asanovic. W—Michael Belcher (L), Matt Deegan (3), Ryan Donnelly (4) and Anthony Marsella