Greenwich pitcher Casey Gaynor is a pretty confident guy, so, when the Cardinals staked him to a three-run lead in the first inning his confidence grew even larger.
Gaynor easily made the early lead hold up as Greenwich defeated Westhill 5-1 to remain unbeaten on the season, improving to 13-0 overall and 11-0 in the FCIAC.
Gaynor pitched six innings, allowing one run and striking out two to pick up the win.
"I love it. Anytime you can get runs in the first inning you feel confident," Gaynor said. "I felt like once we got that three spot we were pretty much set. I had a little trouble spotting my fastball, but was able to hit the corners on a few guys but they were a good hitting team, swung freely and had some nice hits. I felt I could have worked in my curveball and slider a little more but the times I used it, I felt good."
Gaynor also delivered the big hit of the first inning, tripling to left center field, driving in David Berdoff and Taylor Olmstead.
Berdoff beat out a slow roller to first to get on and Olmstead reached on an error ahead of Gaynor.
Gaynor would come around to score on a RBI groundout by Cam Fennell to put the Cardinals up 3-0.
After a rough first inning, Westhill (5-6, 4-6 FCIAC) starter Ryan Duggan settled in, only allowing one more earned run while going the distance.
Westhill coach DJ Mulvany was pleased with how his pitcher battled back despite not getting run support from his offense.
"We didn't help him at all but that was a much needed start after his last outing against McMahon when he had a rough start," Mulvany said. "He showed up today and gave us a good six innings. If you take away the first where we had two misplayed balls that led to three runs, they earned the one on Cameron's (Fennell) sac fly and we gave back another run on an error at short so we think we should have come away with at least a 1-1 game against the best team in the league right now."
Mulvany hopes his team learns something about taking advantage of the other team's mistakes from playing against Greenwich.
"Instead of taking advantage of some opportunities we had, we blew them," Mulvany said. "There is no surprise why they are 11-0 because they execute, good pitching, timely hitting and they do all the little things and do not let other teams beat them. It is good to teach off of that for our team."
Jackson would wind up being the only Viking to visit third base against Gaynor.
Taylor Olmstead led of the fifth with a triple to right field but pulled up lame coming into third and was replaced by Max Barefoot on the base paths.
Barefoot would score on a sacrifice fly by Fennell to make it 4-1.
Greenwich's margin of victory might have been bigger if not for a few mistakes on the bases.
"Today we were a little sloppy," Mora said. "Base paths and some poor situational hitting but, you know what, we put it together when we had to and let's hope that was our off day. Westhill is a scrappy team and a couple of those balls they hit were right at people. They are going to make a run if they can get some pitching."
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Greenwich 5, Westhill 1
WESTHILL 010 000 0 -- 1 4 2
GREENWICH 300 011 X -- 5 6 1
Records: G 13-0, 11-0; W -- 5-6, 4-6 FCIAC
Doubles: G -- Dylan Callahan, Nick Bancroft. Triples: G -- Gaynor, Taylor Olmstead