Cannons fire on all cylinders in regular season finale, blanks Trumbull 12-0

Greenwich American Legion senior Cannon Kyle Dunster gets a piece of the ball during today's game against Trumbull. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Greenwich American Legion senior Cannon Kyle Dunster gets a piece of the ball during today’s game against Trumbull. — Paul Silverfarb photo

The Greenwich American Legion senior Cannons put yesterday’s loss to Wilton in the rear-view mirror and came back stronger than ever this afternoon. And not a moment too soon.

Behind stellar pitching of Dylan Callahan, top-notch defense by his defense behind him and some offensive fireworks, the senior Cannons traveled up to Trumbull High School and shut out Trumbull in a battle of two 20-6 teams, 12-0.

“We needed this game, especially after what happened last night against Wilton,” Greenwich head coach Mike Abate said. “Whoever won this game gets the No. 2 seed and that’s big for these playoffs. Instead of playing three games, you only get two games to advance to the final eight. And it’s our home game too. These guys came out like it was a playoff game and they came through.”

With the victory, Greenwich upped its overall record to 21-6 on the season and leaped Trumbull for second place in Zone IV. If Stamford wins one of its final two games of the regular season, they will claim the Zone IV championship, with Greenwich locked in at No. 2. With the loss, Trumbull fell to 20-6 and is already locked into the third spot in Zone IV.

Greenwich's Dylan Callahan dominates the competition during today's game versus Trumbull.

Greenwich’s Dylan Callahan dominates the competition during today’s game versus Trumbull.

“I felt good out there today,” Callahan said. “I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes. The defense played its greatest game today behind me. They made some great plays out there. This game feels great and it’s a great confidence booster going into the playoffs. We know we are a team that can do some serious damage. We didn’t win the Zone this year, but I think it’s the best American Legion team I’ve ever been on.”

Already leading 1-0 heading into the top of the third inning, Greenwich exploded with six runs. Cameron Fennell started the scoring frenzy when he laced an RBI single that plated Callahan and advanced Nick Kono to second. After Jonathan Dreher smacked a single to left to reload the bases, Kyle Dunster worked the count full and drew a walk to advance all runners and make the score 3-0.

Ryan Hardin came up next drilled a single down the left field line that plated two more runs. Matt Pruner kept the good times rolling when he reloaded the bases on another single to left.

Billy O’Malley rounded out the scoring in the inning when he hit an infield shot to short. Although the Trumbull shortstop touched second for the first out, he threw under pressure to first in an attempt to complete the double play. However his throw was low and in the dirt and O’Malley was safe on the play. Hardin and Dunster came around to touch home plate and made the score 7-0.

The senior Cannons iced the game in the top of the fourth inning. Ricky Okazaki started the inning with a walk and advanced to third on some nice hit-and-run action, as Kono fired a single up the middle. With Fennell at the plate, the Trumbull relief pitcher uncorked a wild pitch that advanced Kono to second and plated Okazaki. Although Fennell hit a slow roller to short, it  advanced Kono to third and he scored when Dreher connected on a hard hit single to left.

After an infield error helped Dunster reach base and Hardin hustled for an infield single to load the bases, O’Malley came through with two outs and launched a triple in the gap in left center that cleared the bases and made the score 12-0.

“It feels great right now,” Dunster said. “We are hitting really well right now and that is great because we are heading towards the playoffs. It’s always fun to go out there and get the win. Everything is working and the bats are coming around. The pitching staff is awesome, so this is fun for us right now.”

 

 

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