NFA baseball team splits the season with wins, losses

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Norwich - posted Wed., Jun. 1, 2011
Pitcher Nick Crawford lets loose on the mound for the NFA Wildcats. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
Pitcher Nick Crawford lets loose on the mound for the NFA Wildcats. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

The Norwich Free Academy baseball team split its season record just about down the middle this year, with a final 11-12 overall record and a 6-5 record in Eastern Connecticut Conference Large division league play.

The last two weeks of May proved to be the Wildcats’ bane this year. The team was cruising into mid-May with an 11-6 record and a four-game winning streak before suffering a string of six losses. The late-season Wildcats were defeated by East Lyme, Staples, Montville and Cromwell and Waterford. The Lancers also eliminated NFA in the first round of the ECC championship tournament May 26 at Dodd Stadium, in a 4-3 squeaker won on a seventh-inning RBI double.

Still, it’s a step up from 2010, when the Wildcats went 5-15 for the season, ending with a nine-game losing streak.

NFA nevertheless boasts three ECC Conference All-Star notables this season. Shortstop Tim Cote and third baseman Chad Homiski were cited with honorable mentions, and catcher Nate Robbins received one of six conference sportsmanship awards.

Veteran coach Clarence Cooper leads the Wildcats as head coach. At press time, NFA was slated for a match-up with West Haven on May 31 in the state Class LL tournament.


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