Norwalk junior Chris Cotaling is going to start seeing fewer innings at shortstop. It’s not because Cotaling is deficient in the field — he holds the team’s defense together — but it’s become apparent that Cotaling’s skills might be put to better use on the pitching mound.
Cotaling pitched four scoreless innings against Greenwich on Friday, stopping the bleeding after the Cardinals took a commanding 6-0 lead over Norwalk in the first two innings. The Bears never got going against Greenwich starter J.T. Hintzen, who struck out 13 — including eight in a row — and allowed just two hits. But Cotaling kept the game respectable against the FCIAC’s leading team and is line for more work, Norwalk coach Pete Tucci said.
“Chris is going to get a lot more time on the mound,” Tucci said. “He’s a battler. He’s got a little velocity, so they have to start their bats a little sooner than some other guys we have on the mound. He has a decent breaking ball, and he has guts. He’ll challenge you.”