High School Baseball Cardinals rally to join postseason
With a 3-11 record after 14 games, the situation certainly looked bleak for the Greenwich High School baseball team.
An appearance in the state tournament, seemed like a long shot for the Cardinals, who lost two one-run and a pair of two-run games in their first 14 contests.
Yet things brightened up in a hurry, beginning with a win against Wilton two weeks ago. That began a stretch in which Greenwich went 5-1, enabling it to finish its regular season at 8-12 and earning a postseason game.
According to GHS coach Mike Mora, the Cardinals will have a play-in state qualifier next Saturday. Should they win, they will move on to the opening round of the Class LL Tournament.
“It’s a good feeling, our team went through a lot this season,” Mora said. “The weather effected us and we couldn’t have too many practices at our field at Greenwich High. Finishing 8-12, after our start is a tribute to our team’s toughness. We got better and better as the season went on.”
Greenwich clinched a postseason play-in game by posting a 9-1 victory against host Trinity Catholic on Thursday. Sophomore Miles Langhorne allowed one run in 31/3 innings, while Zach Karson earned the win, throwing 32/3 innings of one-run ball.
“Our pitching was great, they got big outs and were pounding the strike zone,” Mora said.
In the win against Trinity Catholic, senior Stephen Bennett had two hits and three RBIs, junior Ben Nash added two hits and junior Chris Genaro collected two hits.
Senior Ian Colalucci hit a sacrifice fly, Sean Pratley (senior) knocked in a run and Jackson Blanchard (senior) doubled and walked for the victors.
At the plate, the Cards have been powered by junior Hunter Gruenstrass, Blanchard and sophomore Danny Perez. Blanchard is batting .400 with a team-leading 17 RBIs.