Call it the Revenge of the Sidearmer.
Burbank Burroughs pitcher Kyle Nicol is one of the early stars of the high school baseball season.
He's 2-0 with 13 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts while giving up just five hits. He struck out 14 on Wednesday night to help Burroughs defeat Harvard-Westlake, 1-0, in the championship game of the Easton tournament.
"He can take a baseball and make it look like a Frisbee," Coach Craig Sherwood said. "He makes the ball do whatever he wants, side to side, up and down. He's between a submariner and a sidearmer."
Sherwood was an assistant at Crespi under Scott Muckey, who used to turn pitchers into sidearmers. Sherwood first met Nicol in the fifth grade and helped him start to throw with a sidearm delivery. Nicol is the son of Burroughs softball Coach Doug Nicol.
He didn't throw much last season as a junior but his development has been big for the Indians, who have four pitchers in their program throwing from the side.