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Saugus drops 5-2 decision to Norco

Posted: May 16, 2008 2:07 a.m.
Updated: July 17, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 

At the beginning of the season, Saugus' principal told baseball coach John Maggiora that in the history of the program, the team has averaged 17 wins a year. After falling to Norco 5-2 Thursday afternoon, the Centurions finished the season with, you got it, 17 wins.

Up 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Saugus pitcher Michael Hebert gave up a leadoff home run and Norco went on to score four runs in the inning. Perhaps, Thursday's rollercoaster was a microcosm of the season.

"It had its good moments and it's not so good moments," Maggiora said of this year.

Brett Piper drove in 2 runs, on a sacrifice fly in the 4th, and an RBI single for Saugus.

Picked to finish first in the Foothill League by The Signal, the Centurions were good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to advance.

"We did have a lot of expectations and we put a lot of expectations on ourselves," Maggiora said.

In the deciding sixth inning, Saugus had a wild pitch, a passed ball, and gave up an infield single among other things. "It was a couple of different things they took advantage of," Maggiora said.

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