Taunton's Johnson commits to Maine

Former Taunton baseball standout Connor Johnson has given a verbal commitment to the University of Maine, he tells ESPN Boston.

Johnson, a left-handed pitcher who is attending Bridgton Academy for a post-graduate year, was an Old Colony League all-star as a junior before becoming a Hockomock League all-star as a senior, following the Tigers' move.

In the last two seasons with the Tigers, Johnson was 16-5 with an 1.80 earned run average over 133 innings, with 111 strikeouts and 27 walks. He also picked up five saves.

"I'm really excited about it," Johnson wrote. "I went up there in August and loved everything about it.

"I think it's a great fit. It's great baseball, really good academics, top of the line facilities and I really like the coaching staff. It was a no-brainer to say yes when [Bridgton] Coach [Aaron] Izaryk told me they wanted to offer me a commitment."

The news of Johnson's commitment was first reported by Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald.