Cohen nearly perfect

Staff reports

TRUMBULL -- Jonathan Cohen flirted with a perfect game and finished with a one-hitter to lead the Norwalk American Legion Post 12 baseball team to a 1-0 victory over Trumbull Saturday.

Norwalk won its fourth straight game to raise its record to 10-1 while Trumbull slipped to 3-9 in Zone 4.

Cohen lost the perfect game when he allowed a leadoff single to Anthony Matera on his first pitch of the seventh inning. Cohen (3-0) only threw 65 pitches and struck out six with no walks.

"He was as good as any pitcher I've ever coached today," said Steve Brueski, in his seventh season as head coach of Norwalk's Legion team. "He was hitting his spots and was in command the entire game. I feel bad he couldn't get that perfect game."

Cohen outdueled Matt Yerina, who pitched a three-hitter for Trumbull (3-9) with one strikeout and one walk.

Norwalk broke through with a run in the top of the fifth inning.

Jack Culnane led off with a single and Zach Ruther's sacrifice bunt to the pitcher was thrown past the first baseman for an error to put runners on second and third. Andrew Merritt hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Culnane with the lone run of the game.

"I couldn't be happier with the way we're playing," Brueski said. "Today was no different from what we've been doing. We manufactured a run."

Norwalk will be back in action today with a doubleheader at Wilton starting at 10 a.m.