Greenwich High baseball gets back to its winning ways against Crusaders

Greenwich High School head coach Mike Mora, middle, and assistant coach Paul Meyforht, left, chats with another coach during a recent scrimmage. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich High School head coach Mike Mora, middle, and assistant coach Paul Meyforht, left, chats with another coach during a recent scrimmage. — John Ferris Robben photo

Behind a stellar effort from reliever-turned-starter Kyle Dunster, the Greenwich High School baseball team was able to score six times in the eighth inning and come away with the 8-2 victory earlier today.

With the victory, Greenwich improved to 2-1 on the season and got back on the winning side of the scoreboard after losing to Southington High School Saturday afternoon 9-5.

During today’s contest against the Crusaders, the game belonged to Dunster. The junior made quite the name for himself last year as a sophomore. Coming on in relief, Dunster was Greenwich’s stopper. In fact, he netted the team’s all-time single-season saves record.

Against Trinity Catholic, Dunster took his familiar spot on the mound, however in a much different role. In his first career varsity start, Dunster was just as dominant as he was last year. In seven innings of work, Dunster struck out 11 batters, gave up one earned runs and walked only one.

“He came out and pitched well,” Greenwich High School head coach Mike Mora said. “He was a solider for us last year and he never started for Greenwich High. I know a lot of people expected him to do that, but I don’t care what people say. For a 16-year-old to go out and have 11 strikeouts and one walk in his first outing as a starter, it’s fantastic. I’m proud of him and got the pitches when he had to.”

Trailing 1-0 early, Greenwich scored twice in the fifth inning to grab the lead. Ryota Fujikara led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. On a hit and run, Jonathan Dreher smacked a hard single to put GHS runners on the corner. After a walk loaded the bases, Ricky Okazaki stepped to the plate and got a huge single that plated two runners.

The Crusaders came back and knotted the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning. Although Trinity Catholic forced extra innings, it didn’t last long, as Greenwich scored six times to take the commanding lead.

Vincent Ferraro started the inning off with a single and stole second base. Okazaki bunted Ferraro to third, but on the play Trinity attempted to get Ferraro out at third. He was safe on the play and a defensive gaffe pushed Okazaki to second.

Taylor Olmstead loaded the bases on an intentional walk and with the bases full of Cardinals Cameron Fennell hit a grounder to third. In an attempt to start a double play, the Trinity defense committed an error and Greenwich was able to break the tie. A batter later, Dunster netted an RBI single and the rout was on.

From there, Greenwich put the ball in the hands of J.T. Hentzen, who came in to relieve Dunster and got the Crusaders out in order to end the game.

“This is basically how we are going to win games,” Mora said. “We are going to play a lot of close games this year with good pitching and defense and that will be key to our success. We get timely hits and get them when we have to.”

On Wednesday, Greenwich continues its road trip with a game against Stamford at 4 p.m.

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