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Norwalk Softball Team Wallops Wilton

NORWALK, Conn. – Entering the bottom of the fifth inning against Wilton High on Wednesday, Norwalk High’s softball team had a slim a 2-0 lead. But the Bears turned it on, scoring seven runs en route to their ninth win in 10 games.

“Ideally, it’s not how you’d like to start a game, but we stuck with it,’’ coach Elaine Gratrix said of the 12-0 victory over Wilton. “Sometimes you’re not going to jump on top right away. You play the full game.”

Norwalk (9-0 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) and Westhill are the only undefeated teams in league play. Wilton slipped to 1-9 and 1-7 in the league.

Three freshman started the game-breaking rally for Norwalk. With one out, Mallory Rochefort worked out a walk. Leslie Garcia also walked, and Ally Hall beat out a bunt. Kate Schmidt’s grounder to third might have been a double play, but an error allowed Rochefort to score. Tori Dugan ripped a two-run single, Patti Sciglimpaglia added an RBI single and Mary Sciglimpaglia ripped a two-run double. Kerry McCabe’s single added another run.

“Typically we’re early starting,’’ Gratrix said. “Give Wilton credit. Their pitcher was pretty good, and we just stayed patient.”

Norwalk tacked on three more in the sixth to end the game via the mercy rule. Patti Sciglimpaglia allowed four hits and wriggled out of some jams as Wilton left eight runners on base. Eleni Petridis ripped a two-run double in the first to start Norwalk’s scoring.

After some lean years, the Bears are back among the league’s elite. They enter a difficult four-game stretch against some of the league’s upper tier, including Trumbull, New Canaan, St. Joseph and Darien over the next 10 days.

“This is exactly what I expected from this team,’’ Gratrix said. “We have a great bunch of seniors that are great leaders and players, and they’ve worked really hard.”

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