Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Norwalk High School baseball team Friday afternoon against New Canaan. Starter Leon Fleming could not get out of the first inning as the defense committed a whopping seven errors. Combined with a relentless New Canaan offense, the Bears were pounded, 15-3.
From early on it was clear the breaks would not go Norwalk's way. Matt Ederle led off the game with a single, but Spencer Jacoby swung at the first pitch and hit into a 6-3 double play.
The wheels came flying off in the bottom of the first when New Canaan sent 11 men to the plate. The Rams had no trouble making contact off Fleming, quickly plating three runs. It looked for a moment like that would be the extent of the damage, but a throwing error kept the inning alive. New Canaan put a six-spot on the board and chased Fleming from the game after just two-thirds of an inning. He was charged with just three of the six runs.
"You can't say much about this one. We got outcoached, outpitched and outhit," Norwalk head coach Pete Tucci said. "Hitting comes and goes, but defense has to be there every day. And if this is how we're going to play defense, we're in for a long year."
It was an afternoon to forget for Fleming, who finished 0-for-3 at the plate and committed two throwing errors from shortstop after being lifted from pitching in the first. The stat that summed up Norwalk's day was New Canaan's Cameron Armstrong who reached base and scored four times three times thanks to errors.
The few bright spots for Norwalk included a two-RBI day for James Cooksey and a rocket double by Tommy Sullivan. The double would have been a home run if it had not been for the large tree that stands in center field in Mead Park.
"It's embarrassing to play like this, to be honest. We're better than this," Tucci said. "Everybody has to go home and look in the mirror and figure out how, as a group, we can get better."
Norwalk (2-3) will try to bounce back from its tough loss when it hosts Darien on Monday for a 4 p.m. game.
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