Cooksey lifts Norwalk over Ludlowe
Updated 2:59 pm, Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Norwalk baseball team was out to prove that its recent win over Staples was no fluke.
Senior starting pitcher James Cooksey practically did it all by himself.
Cooksey threw a complete game, scattering seven hits and allowing just two earned runs as the Bears dominated Fairfield Ludlowe 8-2 on Friday at Kiwanis Field.
"[Cooksey] was good," Ludlowe coach Keith O'Rourke said. "It'd be unfair for me to say he wasn't."
Cooksey was 3 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored, including one during a six-run third inning that was the difference in the game.
Ludlowe's Dylan Grande took the loss as the Falcons fell for the fifth time in six games. Victor D'Ascenzo and Luke Clifford each had two hits and a run scored.
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The Bears took control in that third inning, when Kevin Lawrence doubled to lead off the inning. Michael Parlanti dropped down a bunt to sacrifice Lawrence to third, but reached when the Falcons failed to cover first base.
"We're just stabbing ourselves in the foot," O'Rourke said. "Every game we've lost, we've given our opponent opportunities, and they've taken advantage of it."
After two straight outs, the Bears strung a single, double, walk and triple together all with two outs to plate six and take a 6-0 lead.
"If we execute fundamentally the way that we're capable, they score that inning, but they don't score six runs," O'Rourke said. "They score one or two."
Ludlowe had the leadoff man reach base three times, and had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in four innings, but failed to score until the sixth. The Falcons stranded six in the game and was 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position for the game.
"Offensively, we don't get our hits in the clutch," O'Rourke said.
In the sixth, with the score 8-0, D'Ascenzo doubled and reached third on a ground out to short. Clifford tripled him home. Catcher Chris Kennedy drove in Clifford with a sacrifice fly to left.
Ludlowe put a pair of runners on after, but designated hitter Mike Nagy grounded out to first to end the threat.
"We had a chance or two to get that big two-out hit there, and we just didn't get it," O'Rourke said. "If we get a two-out hit, maybe the game is a different story."
The defending FCIAC champions are now 4-8, and must split their final eight games of the regular season in order to reach the state playoffs. Ludlowe will play three days in a row, starting today with a game at New Canaan at 4 p.m.
"You never believe that you can't turn things around," O'Rourke said. "But if we don't improve, things aren't going to change."