Andrew Enzor slugged a home run leading off the eighth to keep Darien American's hopes alive in the District 1 Little League tournament. Enzor's blast propelled Darien American a to a 4-3 victory Sunday over Norwalk at Stamford's Caporizzo Field.
Darien American stands at 3-2 in pool A of the tournament. It plays Ridgefield American on Tuesday in its final pool play game. National Lione of Stamford is also 3-2 in pool play and meets Wilton on Tuesday. If Darien American wins and National Lione loses, it will advance to the elimination round. National Lione defeated Darien American, 7-1, earlier in the tournament.
"The first pitch he threw me was a perfect pitch, and I thought to myself I will probably get another one, and I did,'' Andrew said. He hit a dramatic home run in the regular season, but Sunday's was critical because it helped keep Darien alive. "It's a blast,'' said his dad, Brett, the Darien American manager. "As a Dad, it doesn't get any better than that."
Darien led 2-1 before back-to-back solo home runs by Danny Romanello and James Campbell gave Norwalk a 3-2 lead in the fourth. It stayed that way until the sixth. Darien tied it when Enzor drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on two wild pitches. He scored on an RBI groundout by Craig Miller. Darien had the go-ahead run on third, but Norwalk pitcher Joe Cranston worked out of the jam.
Darien pitcher Brian Walsh came on in relief of Enzor in the sixth to get the victory. Norwalk had a one-out base runner in the eighth, but Walsh got the next two outs to keep hope alive for the Americans.
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