Norwalk High surprises Staples

With the help of a two-run single in the fifth inning by Tyler Annunziata, Norwalk High surprised Staples 7-4 on Wednesday at City Hall Field.

The Bears improved to 3-2 and handed Staples (3-1) its first loss in the process.

Norwalk is coming off a six-win season in which it failed to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in 22 years. Longtime coach Pete Tucci is pleased with his team’s improved play thus far.

“Beating a team like Staples is a great accomplishment,” Tucci said. “They have a great program and coach (Jack McFarland) does a great job with them. But I think we have a great program too. I just think that we had one of those years last year when nothing went right.

“We had an abundance of injuries — that happens. A little blip on the screen.”

Including its 5-4 victory over city rival Brien McMahon on Monday, Norwalk has now won two straight.

“We want to re-establish that fact that we can play this game. We can play this game with anybody,” Tucci said.