None were bigger, however, then the two outstanding performances that the center fielder/pitcher and Wake Forest commitment put together in King’s Ridge’s two-game sweep of Mount Paran Christian in the best-of-three Class A private school baseball championship series May 17.
Burns went 3-for-3 with three home runs and six RBIs to lead King’s Ridge to a 10-3 victory in the opening game.
He once again made the difference in game two as he came through with a bases-loaded single with two outs in the fourth inning to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead as they went on to beat Mount Paran 7-2 and win the first baseball championship – as well as first state title of any kind – in school history.
“He was definitely our go-to guy [in the state finals],” King’s Ridge coach Jason Couch said.
Burns also played a big role in King’s Ridge’s march to the state title on the mound, where he pitched a complete-game victory to help the Tigers complete a two-game sweep of Eagle’s Landing Christian in the Class A private school semifinals.
“Connor has been a solid starting pitcher, he’s been a solid outfielder and, obviously, a great hitter,” Couch said.