The Staples baseball team survived an inconsistent defensive performance on Thursday to defeat Norwalk 6-5 on Senior Day at Staples High School. The Wreckers, who have won nine straight games, committed five errors, but capitalized on four by the Bears to prevail late.
"It's senior day, we got all the seniors in, everybody contributed," Staples coach Jack McFarland said. "We didn't play great defense today, we were able to battle back. Good teams find a way to win and we did that today."
Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wreckers (15-3, 14-2 FCIAC) rallied with two outs. With a runner on second base, Nick Vega hit a single to right field to drive the tying run in. Later in the inning, Vega scored on a rundown play to give Staples a 6-5 lead.
Wreckers starting pitcher Justin Gallanty pitched five innings, allowed three runs -- all in the first inning -- and recorded six strikeouts. Ryder Chasin pitched one and two thirds innings of relief and Alec Johnson recorded the final out to earn the save.
Staples, which beat Bridgeport Central 4-1 on Wednesday, has two regular season games remaining. Monday, the Wreckers travel to Westhill and next Friday they host Trumbull. The FCIAC playoffs are set to begin May 24. One win from the final two games will secure the No. 1 seed.
"I don't know if we're the team to beat," McFarland said. "We're the team that grabbed the spot and has a nice seed in the (Class) LL (state tournament). Once you get into that, nobody cares what your record is; it's a new season. We've had a great regular season to this point."
Staples 6, Norwalk 5
NORWALK 300 002 0 -- 5 7 4
STAPLES 301 002 X -- 6 5 5
Records: Norwalk 5-12, 4-11 FCIAC; Staples 15-3, 14-2.
Batteries: N -- Brandon Hauzlik, Ed O'Hara and Ryan Evans S -- Justin Gallanty, Ryder Chasin, Alec Johnson and Adam Dulsky. Highlights: N -- O'Hara went 2-for-3 with a run scored. S -- Ben Casparius went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI.