As far as defense goes, this was as rough as it gets Thursday night.
No matter what Foxborough Post 93 Legion baseball team (0-2-1, 1 point) did against Norwood Post 70 (2-0-0, 4 points) in their 9-3 loss, they couldn’t catch a break as error after error allowed Norwood to score runs and get runners into scoring position.
“Not very solid in defense was the root of all evil in that game," said Foxborough manager Bill Travers. "I thought the infield play was pretty shabby today.”
Things fell apart early for Foxborough when they had the chance to end the top of the first inning, but a throwing error to first base allowed Sean O’Neil and Peter Kelly to score for Norwood and give them a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
The top of the order led the way for Norwood as seven of the nine runs scored came from the first three hitters.
“We’d like to spread it out a little more but if that part of the line up can get you nine runs, we only had six hits. We ran the bases well, played good defense, couple let downs here and there,” Norwood coach Paul Samargedlis said about his team’s performance.
O’Neil had one of the better nights going 1-2 with a RBI and three runs. O’Neil’s RBI came in top of a third with a double that allowed Jordan Davis to score along with Kelly who scored on a fielding error.
A single by Saulnier allowed O’Neill to score later in the inning to give Norwood a 5-1 lead after only three innings.
The only real bright spots for Foxborough came in the bottom of the third inning when Tyler Schuster was able to score on a Briggs ground out.
Later in the bottom of the fifth inning, a triple from Briggs scored Adam Blake while Briggs himself scored on a Zach Courier single to put Foxborough’s third run on the board.
Hitting the ball well, Blake went 2-4 and scored a run for Post 93.
“He (Blake) has been one of our better hitters through the first three games,” Travers said of Blake’s performance. “I was glad to see Garrett (Briggs) hit the long ball because he’s been hitting the ball and tough luck he just hasn't got anything to get so it was nice for him to get that first hit.”
A four run game in the sixth inning, Norwood put the game away after taking advantage of an overthrow to first base that allowed Tyler Gover to score and a sacrifice fly out by Davis gave Kelly enough time to score Norwood’s ninth run from third base.
A solid pitching performance by Norwood helped keep the Foxborough bats at bay. James Bussiere got the win for Post 70, pitching five innings and striking out three. Thomas Eckhardt pitched two innings of relief work.
Despite not getting a hit, Kelly scored two runs after getting on base by way of two walks and a Foxborough error.
Foxboro will look to bounce back at Needham on June 15, while Norwood will host Norfolk.