High School Roundup Greenwich baseball rallies over Bridgeport Central
Knowing it has very little margin for error in order to qualify for the CIAC Class LL Tournament, the Greenwich High School baseball team pulled out a 5-4 comeback win over Bridgeport Central in a nine-inning game held at Julian Curtiss School in Greenwich on Monday.
The Cardinals (5-11) need to win three of their four remaining games to reach eight victories and secure a spot in the state tournament.
“Every game is like a playoff game for us right now,” GHS coach Mike Mora said. “This was a huge win for our team. I was impressed with our pitchers and we had so many guys step up for us today, which was key to our win.”
Sophomore Danny Perez delivered the game-winning hit for the Cardinals. With Jackson Blanchard and Hunter Gruenstrass reaching base on singles in the ninth inning, Perez hit a single to right field, bringing home Blanchard from second base for the win.
Trailing 4-3 in the seventh inning, the Cardinals forced extra innings by scoring the tying run off Hilltoppers right-handed starting pitcher Joaquin Brasher. Ben Nash led off the seventh for GHS with a double to deep center field. With one out, Sean Pratley laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze, scoring the tying run.
Greenwich took a 2-0 first-inning lead on RBI singles by Henry Jonokuchi and Grant Resnick. In the third inning, Gruenstrass hit a run-scoring single for Greenwich’s third run. Gruenstrass had two hits and two RBIs, while Jonokuchi notched two hits.
Miles Langhorne struck out four batters in two-plus innings of relief to earn the win. Alex Roath, Zack Alza, Luc Thiebault, Mitchell Grimes and Spencer Pearce each pitched for Greenwich.
Jaylon Bell had two hits for Central. Jaden Orozco relieved Brasher on the mound.
“We used almost all of our pitchers today and everyone did a good job,” Mora said.
GREENWICH HIGH BOYS LACROSSE
Getting goals from seven players, Greenwich registered a 15-10 victory over Somers (N.Y.) in a non-conference game held at Cardinal Stadium on Monday.
With the win, Greenwich raised its record to 6-7, heading into Wednesday’s 6 p.m. home game against Brien McMahon.
Senior attack Jack Feda registered seven goals to pace the Cardinals. Lance Large, a senior attack, recorded a hat trick with three assists, while senior Charlie Graves and freshman Bryce Metalios each added one goal and one assist in the win.
Jack Cook, Nate Allen and Owen Gwozdz each had one goal, while Garrett Murphy, Jack O’Gorman, Will Montesi and Matt Davey had one assist apiece. Padraig Colligan made four saves and teammate Teddy Bacon stopped four shots in goal for Greenwich.
GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
The Cardinals upped their record to 10-7, rolling past host Bridgeport Central, 16-1, in a five-inning game held on Monday.
Senior Sophia Prieto struck out five batters and allowed two hits to earn the win. Julie Gambino struck out four in two innings of relief for GHS. Violet Mikalopas went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, while Olivia McClammy was 3 for 5 with one RBI for Greenwich.
Prieto added two hits and two RBIs and Charlie Faugno had three hits and knocked in two runs for the victors. Michelle Morganti also excelled at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Greenwich scored eight runs in the first inning on its way to the win.
GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS
Winning each match in straight sets, Greenwich defeated visiting Danbury, 7-0, Monday in an FCIAC matchup.
Senior Martine Fierro was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at first singles for Greenwich against Rashmi Pai. Nathalie Williams, a sophomore, was victorious at second singles over Danbury’s Lasyapriya Josyula, 6-0, 6-0.
At third singles, senior Christina Gianesello of GHS won her match against Nia Sterling, 6-0, 6-0. Kendall Shrohe, a junior, also won her match at fourth singles, 6-0, 6-0. Amy Bickham/Yui Inagawa swept to a 6-2, 6-1 win at first doubles, while teammates Abby Shropshire/Hannah Viney cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 2.
Eleanor Viney/Courtney Sheets were perfect at third doubles, winning 6-0, 6-0.
GREENWICH HIGH BOYS VOLLEYBALL
The Cardinals were defeated by visiting Fairfield Warde in an FCIAC match held on Monday.
Jack Doss posted four kills and one block, while Chris Mark added three kills and three blocks for Greenwich. Aidan Munoz contributed 15 digs to pace Greenwich.
Brodie Hopkinson had six service points, five kills and five blocks, to go along with 17 assists to lead Warde. Greg Mafale had 10 service points and 22 digs for the victors.