WILTON, Conn. Not even a no-hitter could get Wilton Senior Legion baseball a win against Norwalk this weekend. John Legaz hurled eight innings of no-hit ball one more than Legion regulation length but several miscues in the field erased Post 86s chances for a memorable victory.
After Norwalk collected its first hit in the top of the ninth, a third error and two walks sank Wilton for good in a disheartening 4-2 loss.
Legaz cruised through his outing, but disaster struck in the top of the third. The Wilton righty thought he had the inning ended, but a dropped third strike kept it alive for Norwalk.
After Norwalk's Leon Fleming walked to load the bases, Spencer Jacoby reached first on a fielding error by Wilton first baseman Hunter Quinn, allowing the tying run to score. Quinn then tried to throw Mike Parlanti out advancing to third, but threw the ball away. The two errors on one play gave Norwalk a 2-1 lead without the aid of a hit.
Wilton scored its runs in equally wacky ways, first on an Andrew Jacobsen sacrifice fly and the second on a balk by Norwalk starter Lucas LaBry.
The score stayed knotted at 2-2 thanks to Legazs dominance and LaBrys ability to wiggle out of jams. LaBry and Mike Hughes, who came on to pitch three innings of relief, stranded 13 Wilton runners, five of them at third base.
Mike Carter finally broke up the no-hitter with a clean lead-off single to start the top of the ninth. A walk and another Wilton error loaded the bases for Andrew Seiden, who patiently drew his game-winning RBI walk.
Wilton fell again to Norwalk the next day, 5-3, in a home-and-home series. Wilton Post 86 (6-11) has to win nine of its final 10 games to clinch a playoff spot. Wilton travels to Stamford on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. game.
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