STAMFORD — Playing as the lowest seed following an 0-4 pool play performance, the sixth-seeded Norwalk Little League went on to win three straight games to capture the annual Jerry LaMotta Tournament hosted by the Stamford American Little League.
In the championship game, Norwalk got five innings of work from Clayton Manley, who struck out eight while scattering five hits en route to a 9-4 win over Darien.
Manley settled down after allowing a first inning, three-run homer to Sam Seally. Manley didn’t give up a run the next four innings, though, aided by a fine double play turned by center fielder Eli Good in the fifth. Good caught a line drive and threw a perfect throw to third baseman Seamus Herlihy to complete the double play.
Norwalk was led offensively by a big grand slam in the first inning by Jackson Waters to help stake a 5-0 lead. Norwalk would add two more runs in the fourth inning with a Good lead-off homer immediately followed by a Vinny Velez bomb to right center to make the score 7-3.
Norwalk wasn’t done with the long ball quite yet as Will Singewald put the icing on the cake with a booming two-run opposite field blast to score Good. who led off with a single — his third hit of the ballgame.
Singewald came on in the sixth to close out the win and give Norwalk the championship.
“We are so proud of our kids who stayed together through adversity all summer, and persevered. What a great way for them to close out their Little League careers” said manager Sheldon Singewald, who was assisted by Matt Manley and Russ Miller.
Norwalk pounded out 35 hits and 35 runs in the three-game elimination round to win the title.
Norwalk beat Stamford North 9-6 as Eli Good, Will Singewald and Jesse Williams all homered. Then, in the semifinals, Norwalk crushed Westport 17-6 in five innnings with Velez and Clay Manley both hitting home runs.
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