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Plymouth ace a perfect 10 (and-0!)

 Plymouth ace a perfect 10 (and-0!)

Connor Sherman delivers a pitch during his record-setting 2022 season. Photo courtesy of Michael Vasilnek.

Just looking to have fun, Sherman sets school’s victory mark

Committed to playing football for Kalamazoo College in the fall, Connor Sherman was just looking to have some fun this spring for Plymouth High School’s baseball team.

Boy, did Sherman ever exceed those expectations.

Throwing an arsenal of pitches he referred to as anything but overpowering (opposing hitters may politely disagree), the lanky right-handed pitcher posted a dazzling 10-0 record to break the program’s previous season-high win total of eight.

“Did I surprise myself? Oh yeah,” Sherman admitted. “I don’t throw overly-hard so I don’t dominate hitters. I just tried to hit my spots with my four- and two-seam (fastball) and I have a pretty good curveball that gets batters to bite.”

More often than not, opponents left the batter’s box still hungry after biting at Sherman’s offerings.

“Honestly, I went into this season just looking to have some fun with my friends and it worked out pretty well,” Sherman added.

The 6-foot-3 senior – who grew eight inches during his first two years of high school – helped lead the Wildcats to a school-record 30 victories.

Backed by a fastball that reaches 80 to 84 miles per hour, Sherman’s personal highlight unfolded against head coach Jake Pacholski’s former team.

“The no-hitter I threw against Gibraltar Carlson was my most memorable win,” he said. “Our defense played great and we hit really well.”

Pacholski is the fourth head coach at Plymouth during Sherman’s four-year high school career.

“The team adapted really well to the changes,” Sherman noted. “Coach Jake is awesome. “He brought in a younger staff and the season was super-fun.

A two-year starter at quarterback for Plymouth’s football team, Sherman crafted a sterling 3.8 grade-point average at Plymouth, proving he’s ready to tackle the tough academic load at KC.

“I’m going to focus on academics and football to start (in college),” Sherman said. “I’ve talked to the baseball coach a little bit (about walking on), but I’ll see what happens. I love pitching, so I’d hate to see it come to an end.”

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