SIDNEY – The Norwich Pony League capped off their fantastic regular season with a dominating with a 12-4 dominating win over Sidney on July 7.
“We just had a perfect regular season for the first time in seven years,” said Pony League head coach Nick McCullough.
Norwich would effectively move to 8-0 on the season on July 6, after they were scheduled to play Greene. However, due to bad weather and being unable to find an agreeable rematch date, Greene would agreed to forfeit the game to Norwich.
With the perfect season on the line, Norwich head coach Nick McCullough placed eighth grader Eli Rodriguez on the mound to start the game out. Rodriguez, pitched the first four innings for Norwich, tossing out four strikeouts, however, allowing eight walks to Sidney. Drew Walsh would step to the mound next for one inning, before Mike Trevisani would close out the game.
“We started Eli(Rodriguez) and he kept us in the game. His command you know, we have a little work to do. But where he is in his pitching career, he did a great job. He only had four strikeouts, but three of the four were huge with runners on base in scoring position, to get us out an inning,” said coach McCullough. “Drew(Walsh) hasn’t pitched since little league, he had some of the biggest pitching performances in the game. Drew had bases loaded and no outs, he helped force back-to-back-to-back pop outs. The parents and fans went crazy.”