Undefeated Norwich Pony League advances to semi-finals

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NORWICH – The Norwich Pony League team recorded their tenth consecutive win on the season when they hosted The Oneonta Rough Riders on July 14, winning 6-2.

Norwich would see an early two run lead swing their way in the bottom of the first inning. However, Oneonta would battle back to tie the game in the top of the third, as they recorded a run in the second and third innings.

“We got ahead a bit early, we just shut them down in the first inning and got two runs across for us,” said Norwich head coach Nick McCullough. “Oneonta is good team, this is what playoff baseball is going to be like. They stayed in the game, we were all tied up in the third.”

After the brief tie in the top of the third, Norwich would break the silence when they exploded for a two run bottom of the third, for a lead at 4-2.

Pitching for Norwich was Marcus Cashman. Cashman threw the entire seven innings, recording an astounding 13 strikeouts, while only surrendering one earned run, four hits, and four walks.

“Marcus (Cashman) hasn’t pitched in two and half weeks so his command was a little off, and I think the heat wasn’t helping either,” said coach McCullough. “Marcus gets stronger inning by inning, he always seem to start a little slow and then he settles in. Marcus was definitely player of the game, for a guy who hasn’t pitched in just over two and half weeks, to pitch seven innings and only allowing four hits and striking out 14 is great. He kept us in the game.”

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