Greenwich junior legion splits Saturday with Norwalk

This past Saturday at Julian Curtiss School, the Greenwich Junior Legion team faced a doubleheader against Norwalk. The team emerged from the first game with a 4-2 victory. As the day progressed, the Legions were unable to retain their edge, losing the second 3-7.

“The effort in game one was good; it was consistent throughout the seven innings. But the effort in game two — we had some guys who lost their focus. We were too content with the first game and just didn’t shut the door,” said Greenwich head coach Raymond Montanez.

The day, however, was not without its strong moments. Slater Jones, a rising senior at Fairfield College Prep, pitched all seven innings of the first game.

“During game one, we got some quality pitching. Slater really threw the heck out of the ball. He really pounded the strikes,” said Montanez.

Also in the first game was a squeeze play by Joey Lanni that plated the Greenwich runners on second and third during the bottom of the sixth inning.

“I think the first game was strong,” said shortstop Colin Kelly. “We did a good job closing them out and getting our runs in while they were up. Our defense did a great job too. Though, I do think we could have done a better job of jumping on them in the first inning.”

In the first few innings of game two, the junior Cannons had no problem regaining their focus and composure. They put up a strong fight, plating three runs in the fourth inning. However, the game took a turn for the worse during the sixth inning when Greenwich gave up five runs to Norwalk.

“We just didn’t support our players and let it go,” concluded coach Montanez.

Also of note during the second game, Norwalk head coach Jimmy Benincaso was ejected after verbal altercation with the umpire. “They can’t get everything right,” concluded Benincaso.

Standout Greenwich players on Saturday included Ryan King on center field.

“It was great to see him track some baseballs,” said Montanez. “He did a great job.”

Other standouts included Dillon Daine and Paul Williams.

“Dillon’s a nice strong young man and was really swinging the bat the way we like to see,” added Montanez. “Paul was consistently stealing bases and trying his hardest.”

The Greenwich American Legion Junior Cannons faced Norwalk again on Sunday and lost 6-5. However, they pulled a 2-1 victory over Darien/New Canaan on Monday night.

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