Callahan, Greenwich cruise past Wilton
After the worst outing of his career, Dylan Callahan responded with his best.
Motivated by last week's start against Ludlowe in which he was tagged for five runs in one inning, Callahan looked like the ace that is he on Monday, firing a three-hit shutout to lead unbeaten Greenwich to a 4-0 victory over visiting Wilton.
The Trinity College-bound Callahan was in complete control on this warm afternoon, striking out six with a live fastball while not issuing a walk as the Cardinals ran their record to 7-0.
"This was a pretty important start for me," said Callahan, who improved to 2-0. "I was thinking about (the Ludlowe game) all week. We had a big first inning, so I just tried to pump strikes. As a team we're rolling right now, it feels great."
Greenwich's red-hot No. 3 and 4 hitters, Taylor Olmstead and Casey Gaynor, ripped consecutive RBI doubles to left in the first inning to give the hard-throwing Callahan all the offense he would need.
"We were a little overmatched," said Warriors coach Tim Eagan, whose team fell to 2-4. "(Callahan) pitched one hell of a game, and (senior ace) Paul (Merolla) didn't have his 'A' game today. (Callahan) was throwing pretty much all fastballs and we didn't adjust and shorten our swings. Then he caught us off-guard with a few curves. Greenwich is a very good team, all the credit goes to them."
The Cardinals collected seven hits against Merolla.
Gaynor had two of them to go along with two RBI, while Olmstead went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Another catalyst in the win was senior center fielder David Berdoff, who had a sacrifice bunt in the first inning and also turned in the defensive play of the day, gunning down Wilton's Connor Buhler in the second inning with a laser of a throw to the plate before the senior was tagged out by fellow catcher Max Barefoot.
Callahan would also help himself, snaring a line drive off the bat of Ben Rappaport to start a double play, while also recording an assist and another putout.
Greenwich added an insurane run in the sixth when Kyle Ballone led off with a double before junior Nick Bancroft delivered a two-strike, two-out RBI single.
"We got some clutch hits, made a few nice plays and it was just a tremendous performance by Dylan," Greenwich coach Mike Mora said. "He located his fastball really well so there really wasn't much of a need to use anything else for the first four-plus innings. This is another big week for us, so it's nice to start it off on a great note."