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McMahon Explodes in 7th to Beat Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – An eight-run seventh inning sparked Brien McMahon High's 12-3 victory Friday over intracity rival Norwalk High in a Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball game.

Brien McMahon’s Bryan Daniello pitched a four-hitter, struck out 13 and hit a home run to lead the Senators, which improved to 4-0 in the league and 5-1 overall. Norwalk fell to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the league.

McMahon jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Bears clawed back in the middle innings to make it 4-3 entering the seventh. McMahon sent 12 batters to the plate and ripped seven hits. Norwalk made two errors, and all of the runs were unearned. A bases-loaded, two-out walk to Mark Ballard made it 5-3. But Jamie Restivo’s two-out, two-run single was the key blow, stretching the lead to 7-3. Daniello hit another run-scoring single. Michael Giordano hit a two-run single. And Joe Cox also had an RBI single to finish off the Bears.

Until the seventh, Daniello was the story for the Senators. He hit a solo home run in the fourth to put the Senators ahead 4-0. Norwalk climbed back with a two-run home run by Matt Ederle in the fourth and an RBI by Richie Henderson in the sixth.

“Coach asked me if I wanted this game, and I said yes,’’ Daniello said. “Senior year, against Norwalk, I definitely wanted it. We came out and played good defense, we swung the bats pretty well.”

The loss was disappointing for the Bears. “That was a microcosm of our season,’’ coach Pete Tucci said. “Close, but no cigar. ... The only thing I ask of these kids is to play hard for seven innings. We did it for 6 2/3 innings today.”

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