Greenwich junior legion falls to Norwalk in Southern Sectional final thriller, 5-4

After working hard throughout the regular season just to get to the Southern Division Sectional Tournament and already pulling out a massive comeback in the opening game of the postseason against Wallingford, it would have been easy for the Greenwich junior legion team to just ride off into the sunset while trailing Norwalk by three runs in the seventh inning of the sectional championship game.

Giving up wasn’t in the team’s vocabulary this year and it certainly wasn’t there against Norwalk yesterday at Norwalk City Hall Field. Instead of folding, Greenwich came back to tie the game 4-4 in their final at bats. However, the magic ran out in the eighth, as Norwalk was able to plate the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth and beat Greenwich 5-4.

“All the credit in the world to Norwalk,” Greenwich head coach Sam Abdelwahab said. “They are the best team in the state, however there is no doubt that we ran into three or four outs with bases loaded and didn’t score, or first and third and no one out and we didn’t score. We had guys picked off when we weren’t even stealing. We had four guys thrown off bases and there was only one steal sign. I think we just got a little too excited today.”

Basically pitching on one-day rest, Greenwich starting pitcher Hunter Frantz showed little fatigue. The Taft School pitcher threw seven innings and only had one bad inning, when he gave up four runs in the third inning.

“I think that in these three playoff games, we’ve had this mentality of never saying die. In that first game, we came out and I didn’t have my best outing and struggled a little bit,” Frantz said. “I come out of the game and my team really picked me up. We were down and ended up winning the game and carried that momentum into the next game, where we really took it to Orange. In this game, we came back in the last inning and it was such a great team effort we give all the time.”

Greenwich, trailing 4-1 in the seventh, started the inning when Tom Liu led off with a walk. Up next was Mike Marzonie, who also drew a walk. Alex Loparco came up to the dish and reached base when he hit into a fielder’s choice to second base. Will Solomon did his part to load the bases on a walk.

With one out, Dillon Daine came up and smacked a clutch single to left field that scored Liu and Loparco and cut the deficit to 4-3. Sean Marks, who celebrated his birthday by hitting the cover off the ball all day, came up and hit a slow roller to third and hustled down the line for the infield single.

Once again the bases were loaded and once again a junior Cannon came up clutch. Keigo Fujikura connected on another infield single to third that ended up plating Solomon for the game-tying run.

“We are a bunch of fighters,” Greenwich first baseman Justin Gaccione said. “We came back against Wallingford and scored six runs. There was no doubt in my mind that we were coming back in this game. The difference was a few running mistakes. I thought we battled all the way to the end and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”

After Greenwich went scoreless in the eighth inning, Norwalk got an RBI single down the first base line with a runner on second base to win the game.

To read more on the game, including photos and quotes from players and coaches, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.



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