If there\u2019s any truth to the old saying, \u201cA bad day on the golf course beats a good day at the office,\u201d then for Shelton Post 16 American Legion baseball players, a bad day on the baseball diamond perhaps beats a good day at school. \u201cI want them to embrace this and have fun. School\u2019s out and there\u2019s nothing better than summer baseball,\u201d Shelton coach Tom Murphy said after his team fell 6-0 to visiting Zone V foe Naugatuck, the team\u2019s sixth straight setback, on Monday. Shelton fell to 2-7, catching a bad break in the middle of this tough stretch when rain halted its June 18 game against Danbury with Shelton leading 5-3 in the fifth inning. Gaining experience and competing are a big part of what this is all about. \u201cApproximately half of these kids haven\u2019t been a varsity starter before,\u201d Murphy said. \u201cIt\u2019s a level above what they\u2019re used to playing. This is going to help them next year \u2014 absolutely.\u201d The payoff may come in high school ball next spring, or even the one after that. For now, there are some growing pains. \u201cOur inexperience is catching up to us,\u201d Murphy said. \u201cWe\u2019ve had guys who have been out. That\u2019s hurt us because we\u2019re not very deep.\u201d Illness and summer jobs result in some players missing games, and pushing other player into positions in which they have little or no experience. Still, Murphy likes his team\u2019s fight. One of Shelton\u2019s losses was a two-run decision and three others were one-run nail-biters. Shelton visited Waterbury Post 1 on Sunday and led 1-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh when Waterbury strung hits together to stun Shelton 2-1. David Wells had allowed just one hit in six shutout innings. Garrett Cafaro doubled and scored on a Tyler Cafaro double in the second inning. Shelton had base runners in each of the next five innings, but couldn\u2019t capitalize. \u201cWe had guys who got hits and got into scoring position. We didn\u2019t move runners over and put balls into play when we needed to,\u201d Murphy said. In Monday\u2019s\u00a0game with Naugatuck, a team Shelton beat 1-0 behind Garrett and Tyler Cafaro on the hill earlier in the season, Shelton fell behind 1-0 in the first and had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the frame. Leadoff batter Will Ciccone walked and Ryan Murphy smacked a one-out double, but Naugatuck escaped on a 1-4-3 inning-ending double play. Colin Mengold singled in the second and Garrett Cafaro singled in the fourth. Rob Ciccone singled in the fifth, ahead of Will Ciccone\u2019s single. Hudson Meyer\u2019s leadoff single in the seventh was erased on a double play. Naugatuck scored twice in the second, once in the third and added a pair in the sixth when Shelton pulled the infield in and a soft single got over the left side of the infield to drive in a pair. Shelton made a couple of errors in the early innings, but flashed some leather, turning a 6-4-3 double play in the sixth as shortstop Will Ciccone fielded a grounder and threw to second baseman Mengold, who relayed the ball to Garrett Cafaro at first. Pitcher John Bucci struck out five batters. \u201cWe just need to be able to put a complete game together,\u201d Murphy said. Shelton will host Danbury in an abbreviated double-header on Thursday.\u00a0\u00a0The completion of the suspended game will be followed by another. Post 16 visits Oakville (7-2) at Taft School on Saturday at 11 a.m. Bethel (6-2) visits Shelton High Sunday at 12 noon with Washington (2-6) coming to town for a twin bill on Tuesday, with first pitch at 5:45.