New Canaan/Darien sluggers seek turnaround during busy stretch
Published 3:51 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Darien/New Canaan Senior Legion baseball team dropped its fourth and fifth straight games this spring, falling 9-2 to hot-hitting Norwalk at Darien High School on Saturday and 2-1 to Wilton on Sunday. That's the bad news. The good news is that the team is getting to full roster strength and will have plenty of chances to come out on top with a stretch of 12 games in 12 days underway.
"We've been kind of piecing it together at the start with finals and graduation and such," Coach John Miceli said.
Miceli is hopeful his team can get into a groove during this busy stretch of games. Weather permitting, Darien/ New Canaan is scheduled to play every day through June 29 before a couple of off days. Playing so often could be a positive or a negative, the coach notes.
"Things could snowball either way," he said.
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One thing the team has going in its favor is pitching depth.
"We have solid arms and we're deep," Miceli said.
Hurn had the tough task of trying to keep Norwalk's production down. His opponents, which went on to score 10 runs in a win over Ridgefield the next day, jumped out to an early lead.
"They hit the ball. They hit the ball early and Andrew struggled with control early," Miceli said. "That's the best hitting team, by far, that we've seen so far."
Norwalk's Eric Stenger delivered a three-run second-inning homer to break a scoreless tie. Norwalk added four runs in the third to pull away. The Darien/New Canaan squad scored in the fourth to make it a 7-1 game when Tommy Farren smashed a single inside third to score Justin Pryor. In the fifth, Pryor added an RBI single.