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Norwalk, Edison split doubleheader

By JOSH MORGRET • Updated Apr 27, 2019 at 11:06 PM

NORWALK — The deficit was just too much.

After falling behind by as many as six runs, Norwalk got within striking distance, but the Truckers did not have enough.

Edison took Game 2 of the doubleheader, 9-6, while Norwalk took the opener, 5-0, at Norwalk High School on Saturday.

"We knew there was a lot of game left," Norwalk coach Wes Douglas said of the early deficit. "We are still struggling mentally about being down and fighting back. We are making progress and you have to work on it if you are going to be a championship team."

The Chargers (13-4) scored five runs while batting around in the second inning of the second game to surge ahead.

"We talked about getting guys on early and not being as anxious at the plate," Edison coach Sean Hoover said. "We wanted to sit back and drove some balls through the middle."

Luke Bissell and Jadon Hanson each singled, then Caden Cooper smacked a run-scoring double. Caleb Bissell then walked to load the bases and Cooper McIntyre laced a two-run single for a 5-2 lead. After a groundout moved Caleb Bissell and McIntyre each up a base, Thomas Simon added a two-run single to push the lead further.

"When you can not find the strike zone, it sucks the energy out of your offense and defense," Douglas said. "(Starting pitcher) Luke (Weaver) has been really good for us early in the year. He struggled to find the strike zone today."

Edison added an unearned run thanks to three Norwalk errors in the third inning.

"I liked the start of the second game to bounce back," Hoover said. "We talked with the guys about the importance of scoring early. We had some guys on base in the first game and just did not drive them in."

The Truckers (12-7) started their push back in the fourth inning. Weaver advanced all the way to third on a outfield fielding error before scoring on a single by Leighton Battles.

After Edison starter Jacob Thompson left the game after five innings, Norwalk became more patient as Caleb Bissell came on in relief. Weaver and Battles each walked and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Justin Sommers then tallied a sacrifice fly to score Weaver and advance Battles to third. Garrett Obringer walked and ended up on second when Edison lost focus.

The first pitch to Eli Obringer was errant, bringing in Battles. Eli Obringer then added a sacrifice fly and suddenly Norwalk was within 8-6.

"Edison struggled to find the strike zone," Douglas said. "We put the ball in play, but overall I don’t think we hit the ball real hard today."

But, Simon worked out of the jam and Edison added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Cooper singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a groundout and walk, a pair of wild pitches scored Copper for a 9-6 lead.

Sam Battles walked to start Norwalk's half of the last inning. But, Simon recorded a strikeout before picking off Battles. A groundout then ended the game.

The top three hitters in Edison's lineup — Hanson, Cooper, and Caleb Bissell — combined to reach base in 12 of 15 plate appearances, with a sacrifice bunt being one of three they did not reach base.

"They have done a nice job all year," Hoover said. "They did their job and set the table for the guys behind them."

Thompson allowed three runs on three hits while striking out two.

"Jake did a nice job," Hoover said. "He did really well and kept us in the game. He did a nice job of flooding the zone with strikes."

In Game 1, the duo of Thomas Gfell and Sommers combined on a four-hit shutout for Norwalk.

"Justin had not pitched much for us," Douglas said. "Thomas has been steady for us all year. We had to keep him back for some league games next week, so he was on a pitch count."

The Truckers scored once in the third and sixth innings, while using three bunts - two of them for singles - for three runs in the fifth.

"It was a good test for us," Hoover said. "They play a lot of small ball and they test your defense. It’s important to get in a position and get enough runs to get that out of their arsenal."

Norwalk honored its 1978 and 1980 state semifinal teams before Game 1 and held a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle to raise money for the baseball program’s annual fundraiser throughout the day. This year’s fundraiser was for ‘Operation Warm,’ which provides winter apparel for children in need.

 

Game 1

Edison 000 000 0 — 0 4 4

Norwalk 001 301 X — 5 6 1

WP: Gfell. LP: Smith

Game 2

Edison   251 000 1 — 9 10 3

Norwalk 200 103 0 — 6 3 4

WP: Thompson. LP: E. Obringer

2B: (E) Cooper, C. Bissell

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