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Former Avon hurler Connor Harris to play at George Washington next spring

Avon pitcher Connor Harris (62) bears down during the 2018 American Legion baseball campaign.

AVON – Avon High graduate Connor Harris has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at George Washington University next spring.

Harris is playing baseball this season with Trinity-Pawling, where he set a new school record with 15 strikeouts in seven innings against the Kent School in April.

Since he was playing baseball as a youngster, Harris had dreamed of playing at the Division I level. The Colonials play in the Atlantic 10.

Harris considered James Madison, Penn State, Marist and Baltimore-Maryland County before choosing GW.

Harris has put together a storied athletic career in Avon. He played on the 2018 Avon High boys basketball team that rolled through the Division III state tournament and earned a spot in the finals.

But he excelled on the diamond as a pitcher. As a junior, he was 5-0 with a save for Avon High in 2017.

Harris had an outstanding career with the Avon American Legion baseball team, helping them win the last three Zone 1 championships.

In the past three seasons with Post 201, Harris went 23-1 on the mound. He went 8-1 last summer and was 9-0 in 2017 as he helped Avon drive deep in the American Legion state tournament. Harris had two complete game victories in the 2017 state tournament with 13 strikeouts as he earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.

In 2016, Harris was 6-0 with the Avon Legion.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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