Greenwich High baseball stunned by Trumbull in FCIAC semis, 3-1

Although Greenwich High School starting pitcher Kyle Dunster hurled a gem against Trumbull High School in the first game of today’s Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference semifinals, it was the Eagles that put together two runs in the top of the seventh and upended the Cards 3-1.

“We knew we were going to get a tough pitcher,” Greenwich head coach Mike Mora said. “Keyes is a good pitcher. We hit the ball but they made the plays. They found some holes and we didn’t. Every ball we hit, they made the plays on. That’s the difference in the game. The big hits they got were two out groundballs in the hole that were perfectly placed. There’s nothing you can do about it. Tip your caps to them.”

After both teams exchanged runs in the first inning, Greenwich’s Dunster and Trumbull’s Colin Keyes settled down and both were stellar. For Greenwich, Dunster threw seven innings and gave up eight hits and three runs while striking out four and walking one. Throwing 98 pitches in the game, 65 were for strikes.

“Kyle pitched fantastically today,” Mora said. “Even in the first inning, the hits they got were little ground balls. They put it in play and you always have a chance. He pitched a great game and so did their pitcher. It was a great high school baseball game.”

For Trumbull, Keyes was dominating. In seven innings of work, the THS pitcher gave up four hits and one earned run while striking out four and walking only one.

“It was a great pitcher’s dual between Kyle and Colin,” THS head coach Phil Pacelli said. “It was an outstanding game and it was a great game to be a part of. They scored one run without a hit in the first and that didn’t phase him. He’s a special kid and was outstanding.

In the top of the first inning, the Eagles struck first. With a runner on third base, Keyes helped his own cause with a single to left field that plated Willy Velez for the 1-0 lead.

Big Red’s lone run in the bottom of the first inning and they did it without a hit. Ryota Fujikara started it off with a walk immediately stole second. During Ricky Okazaki’s at bat, a passed ball advanced Fujikara to third and he eventually scored when Okazaki hit a slow roller to second.

Trumbull clinched the victory in the top of the seventh inning. With a runner on second, pinch hitter Vinny Clambriello hit a soft single to left field that drove home the go-ahead run. Brandon Liscinksy helped Trumbull plate its third run of the game with a single to left field.

Taylor Olmstead, Liam O’Neill and Cameron Fennell were the other Greenwich athletes that netted hits.

With the loss, Greenwich awaits to see its opponent in the CIAC class LL opening round.

“Today was a tough game and I thought we played really well,” Mora said. “We need to regroup and get ready for States. This was a tough loss and a bitter pill to swallow, but I think this team will be ready to go for States. We have pitching, solid defense and timely hitters. I think we’ll be fine.”

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