Greenwich turns back Westhill, stays perfect
There's only one undefeated baseball team left in both the FCIAC and CIAC Class LL.
And after getting a first-hand look on Monday afternoon, Westhill coach DJ Mulvany has no doubt why that team is Greenwich.
"They execute and do all the little things to beat you," Mulvany said. "It's no surprise why they're still unbeaten. They're a good example, you see them here after the game still taking swings, so hopefully that's something that rubs off on our guys. "
Elon-bound senior Casey Gaynor pitched six effective innings and also ripped a two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning, which turned out to be all the offense Greenwich would need on this day in a tidy 5-1 victory over visiting Westhill.
Gaynor allowed four hits and struck out three before turning the ball over to impressive sophomore Kyle Dunster, who nailed down the win by fanning two batters in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
"It was definitely nice going back on the mound after a three-run spot in the first," Gaynor said. "Pitching and defense, and timely hitting. That's what our team is all about."
Senior Dylan Callahan, who has also pitched outstanding this season, was among the catalysts to victory with two hits and an RBI from his leadoff spot while making several fine plays at shortstop.
The lone run for Westhill (5-6) came in the second inning when catcher Ron Jackson legged out an infield single, stole second and then took third on a grounder by Andrew Oakes before scoring on an infield hit by Tim Longo.
But that would be it against the hard-throwing Gaynor, who capped his outing with two strikeouts in the sixth.
A yeoman's performance was turned in by Vikings junior Ryan Duggan, who settled down after a shaky start and went the distance, eating up valuable innings for a Westhill squad that also plays 2011 FCIAC finalists Danbury and Staples this week.
"The problem was we really didn't help him at all," Mulvany said. "Ryan really hung in there and battled. Casey did a really good job though, I thought the sixth inning was probably his best all game."
The Cardinals (13-0) tacked on insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings, starting with a standup triple to right by Taylor Olmstead, which set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Cameron Fennell. Callahan then increased the cushion to 5-1 in the sixth with a two-out RBI double to deep left to score Matt Pruner.
"We made some mistakes but we also made plays when we had to," said Greenwich coach Mike Mora, whose team had two mishaps on the basepaths. "DJ does a great job with that program and they always seem to be able to hit the ball. Our pitching and defense have been solid all year, and that was the case again today."
Greenwich will try to stay perfect on Thursday at Trumbull, which entered Monday's contest against Wilton on a three-game winning streak.
"We never expect to be in this position," Gaynor said. "But I think we're showing the league what kind of team we have."