Newtown scores three in the sixth to stun Greenwich baseball in CIAC opener

Greenwich High's Kyle Dunster delivers the pitch to the plate during Monday's game against Newtown High School. — Avery Belicka photo

Greenwich High’s Kyle Dunster delivers the pitch to the plate during Monday’s game against Newtown High School. — Avery Belicka photo

Although the Greenwich High School baseball team was playing in front of a large home crowd, they were unable to secure the victory late, as Newtown High School netted two runs in the sixth inning to stun Big Red 3-2 in the CIAC class LL opener.

“The state tournament is traditionally challenging,” Greenwich High School head coach Phil Tarantino said. “Getting eliminated from the FCIAC tournament and getting the kids back to playing the right way mentally is tough”

The No. 12 seeded Cardinals started the game just like they wanted to. With starting ace Kyle Dunster on the mound, Big Red was able to build a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning, Greenwich picked up the 1-0 lead when Justin Gaccione stepped up to the plate with two outs and connected on an RBI single.

Big Red added to its lead two innings later, as Devin McGrath reach base and came around to score later in the inning off a balk.

Greenwich’s lead held up until the sixth inning, as the Nighthawks rallied to score three times in the inning. After Virgil Procacinni started the rally with a single, he came around to score and to cut the GHS lead in half on a groundout.

The hit of the game happened when Sam Czel connected on the two-run single that gave the Nighthawks the 3-2 lead. Although Greenwich had runners on second and third with two outs, Gaccione just got under the ball and hit a pop fly to the outfield to end the contest.

With the loss, Greenwich ended its season with a 14-9 record. Newtown upped its overall record to 12-10.

“The kids were great and we lost a one-run game,” Tarantino said. “It was tough. We gave ourselves opportunities, but it didn’t work out. Overall the group was terrific to coach and we had a great time. The seniors gave us everything that they had, which for a first-year coach, that’s all you can ask for in a group. We progressed so much from the beginning of the season to now. Today was not how we wanted it to end.”

Greenwich Post sports correspondent Max Barefoot contributed to this article

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