Fairfield Warde baseball coach Mark Caron called it "the definition of an ugly win."

And yet, with the Mustangs' 12-8 victory over sloppy Norwalk on Wednesday at Fairfield Warde High School, Warde is half way to achieving a goal.

Warde overcame four errors, and a two-run first inning deficit, to win its fourth consecutive game. The Mustangs need just four more wins to reach the Class L state playoffs.

"We're very fortunate that they gave us a lot of opportunities today," Caron said. "We've got to play better defense if we're going to beat the top teams in the league."

Junior Mike DeFillipis scored two runs and drove in three more, and senior Joe Bartolomeo had two hits and two runs scored.

Warde starting pitcher Dan Warren allowed just one run on three hits to earn his second victory this year.

"Warren pitched great," DeFillipis said. "You can't ask for much more."

Senior shortstop Michael Parlanti went 1-for-2 with three runs scored and Matt Ederle scored two runs for Norwalk. Ederle and Parlanti each scored runs in the first inning, helped by two Mustangs' errors, as the Bears built a 2-0 advantage.

But Warde was aided by nine Norwalk errors, which led to seven unearned runs. The Bears committed four of those defensive miscues during the first inning in which Warde sent 10 to the plate, scoring six runs.

"We capitalized on the opportunities they gave us," Caron said. "We did a lot of positive things on the offensive side."

"We set the game of baseball back a couple of years today," Norwalk coach Pete Tucci said. "Both sides had trouble fielding the ball."

DeFillipis' triple gave Warde the lead. He then scored when an errant throw skipped by Norwalk third baseman Tyler Burns and into Warde's dugout, putting the Mustangs ahead 4-2.

"I just was trying to make contact," DeFillipis said. "I was very excited to see the ball go in the dugout. I don't get too many of those."

Warde tacked on two more in the second when Bartolomeo singled, stole second and reached third on a throwing errer, after DeFillipis walked, Andrew Kirkpatrick singled home Bartolomeo. DeFillipis scored on Brendan Hanzlik's balk and Warde went up 8-2.

"That's pretty much the only way we score runs," DeFillipis said of Warde's ability to put pressure on the defense. "We do what we can to get in their heads."

The Mustangs scored three more runs in the fourth, with help from two more Norwalk errors. Michael Foley and Andrew Marks each had RBI singles in the frame.

Warren cruised through the middle frames, recording all five of his strikeouts after the first inning.

"I threw some strikes and had some quick innings," Warren said. "I'm pleased."

"Danny pitched great," Caron said.

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