One day after losing 7-2 to Westhill, Ludlowe dug itself an early hole against Norwalk, falling behind 3-0.
“We didn’t play well yesterday, and when you lose the day before and you get down early, you worry, ‘OK, are we going to give up right away or are we going to show resilience?'” Ludlowe coach Keith O’Rourke said. “Our guys showed resilience and bounced back and put runs on the board.”
Ludlowe won 7-4, thanks in large part to starter Patrick Gutierrez, who overcame early hiccups to hold Norwalk in check while his team’s own offense came to life. O’Rourke didn’t think Gutierrez would last beyond the fifth inning, but he ended up pitching a complete game.
“When the fourth inning was over, I went up to him and said, ‘All right, listen, you don’t have your good stuff today. Just give me one more inning and then I have the bullpen lined up to finish off the game.’ And in the fifth inning they had their two, three, four guys coming up, so I said let it all out of the tank right now.”’
Gutierrez set the side down in order in the fifth. He allowed one single in the sixth and pitched a perfect seventh inning to close out the victory.
“I had arms ready to go and he just kept mowing them down,” O’Rourke said. “When a pitcher shows some guts like Patrick did, you want to reward them by letting them finish off a game.”