NORWICH – Norwich coasted to victory over Greene on Tuesday with a 12-2 final, remaining undefeated and at the top of the standings in the Otsenango Pony League.
Greene got things started in the first inning when Kolby Finch singled on a 3-0 count, scoring Liam Flanagan from third on his line drive to center field.
In the second, Norwich responded with six runs on a two-out rally.
Evan Sylstra saw just two pitches before sending a lead-off single to center field. His teammate and next batter Logan Ford hit a hard ground ball to third and was able to reach the base paths due to an error. Two batters later, Blaine Orlando was hit by a pitch to put three runners on for Norwich.
Facing two outs and the bases loaded, Torin Lawerence used his patience at the plate and drew a walk, scoring Sylstra to tie the game at 1-1.
Norwich took the lead when Ford scored on a wild pitch in Tyler Hagen’s at-bat. Hagen then singled on a 3-2 count, scoring Orlando and Lawerence.
Stealing both second and third base, Hagen reached scoring position with his younger brother Mike Hagen standing in the batter’s box. Mike Hagen then sent a hard grounder to the third baseman and was able to reach first while Tyler Hagen scored.
Nearly the same play happened for Mike Hagen as he went around the bases, only stealing second and making it to third on wild pitch. He scored when Nolan Dodzweit sent a line drive to left field, making the score 6-1.
Norwich saw every player in the line-up reach base as Josh Willis picked up a walk as the last batter. Sylstra, batting for the second time of the inning, was struck out after seeing a full-count by Greene’s Finch to end the rally.