NORWALK — Jake Dumas could have had a million things on his mind as he stepped up to the plate.
The magnitude of the moment as the pressure built. His family and friends on the other team. His new teammates and friends in his current dugout.
Instead, he focused in on three things: See the ball. Hit the ball. Win the game.
Dumas, a Norwalk junior who spent the first two years of his baseball career across the Norwalk River at Brien McMahon, laced a two-out single to center field, scoring the winning run and giving the host Bears a thrilling 5-4 win over their crosstown rivals on Saturday night.
“I’ve dreamed about this for the last six months, since I found out I was coming to (Norwalk High),” said Dumas, who missed the first Norwalk-McMahon game as he sat out a CIAC-mandated 10 games after transferring. “What else can I do? What’s better than this?”
After McMahon scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 4-4, Norwalk struck back quickly.
Marco Monteiro led off the bottom of the seventh by reaching on an error. Gavin Kee followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with nobody out.
Randy Mateo, who was three-for-three with all four of Norwalk’s RBI up to that point, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, pushing Monteiro to third and bringing Dumas to the plate.
“I had about 10 different people tell me to calm down and just stay within myself,” Dumas said. “And I did. I didn’t try to hit it 400 feet. I just had to get a base hit to win it, so I just had to my job.”
Dumas laced the first pitch he saw up the middle to win the game.
“I was very happy for him,” said McMahon catcher Anthony Socci, who is also Dumas’ cousin. “It was a great situation for him and a good moment for him. Not really for me, but for him.”
Thanks to Mateo, Norwalk led 4-2 entering the fourth before the Senators came storming back.
With one out, Korey Morton and Peter Meyerson delivered back-to-back base hits. Both moved up a base courtesy of a wild pitch.
James Stefanowicz then poked a two-run single into center field to tie the game.
Meyerson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a solo home run to lead the McMahon offensive attack.
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NORWALK 5, McMAHON 4
McMAHON 001 001 2—4 8 2
NORWALK 200 110 1—5 10 0
Records: McMahon 7-8, Norwalk 5-10; Batteries: BM—Frankie Greco and Anthony Socci; N—Scott Whalen, Clayton Bray (6) and Marco Monteiro.