Greenwich Legion upsets Milford

7th-seeded Cannons top 4th seed in 17U states

There was no clock ticking when the Greenwich Cannons Junior American Legion 17U baseball team defeated Milford Post 196, 9-1, in a third round state tournament game team at Foran High’s Ken Walker Field in Milford on Thursday night.

SrLegionTrumbull-FIBut it did seem it would only be a matter of time before No. 7 Greenwich found a way to score runs against their No. 4 seeded hosts.

“We hit the ball well early only nothing was falling in,” Cannons’ manager Frank Carbino said after Greenwich (20-6) advanced to play playoff unbeaten Madison on Saturday in another elimination game. “We kept taking our swings and the hits finally began to fall.”

Milford, the Zone II champions, took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning off Greenwich starter Nick Giannuzzi.

Post 196 then held off threat after threat until Greenwich sent 13 runners to the plate and scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning.

The Cannons had stranded seven runners — on five hits and four walks — but couldn’t break through against the left-handed pitching of Nate Merchant. In the second, Nick Romanello singled and Charlie Povinelli walked with one out, but Michael McGrath’s hard liner was caught by a leaping Conor Creane at first base and turned into an inning-ending double play.

To open the sixth, Jake Beinstein hustled out a hard hit to shortstop for a single. James Scarlata followed with a double to left field and Greenwich had two runners in scoring position.

This time, Milford (18-9) was unable to turn back the tide.

Romanello walked, and with the infield in, Beinstein got a great jump off third to beat a throw home on Povinelli’s RBI grounder to second.

Jason Schuld came on in relief and enticed a fielder’s choice ground out that got the force at home.

Milford then botched a successful pickoff play at third, with Scarlata scoring on a throwing error.

Ricky Columbo promptly doubled home two more runs and Charlie Zeeve singled in another to move the score to 5-1.

A throwing error on a ball hit by Jackson Blanchard and a walk to Kyle Woodring reloaded the bases.

A run scored on Beinstein’s groundout. Scarlata made it three RBIs in the frame with a two-run single to plate Blanchard and pinch runner Danny Hupal.

Romanello’s double ended the nine-run uprising.

Milford put runners on base with a single and a walk in the bottom of the sixth. Will DeTeso came on in relief of Giannuzzi and registered a pair of strikeouts in keeping Post 196 off the board the final two frames.

Giannuzzi stranded Nick Lombardo, who had doubled, with a strikeout in the third inning. He set down eight straight There was no clock ticking when the Greenwich Cannons Junior American Legion 17U baseball team defeated Milford Post 196, 9-1, in a second round state tournament game team at Foran High’s Ken Walker Field in Milford on Thursday night.

But it did seem it would only be a matter of time before No. 7 Greenwich found a way to score runs against their No. 4 seeded hosts.

“We hit the ball well early only nothing was falling in,” Cannons’ manager Frank Carbino said after Greenwich (20-6) advanced to play playoff unbeaten Madison on Saturday in another elimination game. “We kept taking our swings and the hits finally began to fall.”

Milford, the Zone II champions, took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning off Greenwich starter Nick Giannuzzi.

Post 196 then held off threat after threat until Greenwich sent 13 runners to the plate and scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning.

The Cannons had stranded seven runners — on five hits and four walks — but couldn’t break through against the left-handed pitching of Nate Merchant. In the second, Nick Romanello singled and Charlie Povinelli walked with one out, but Michael McGrath’s hard liner was caught by a leaping Conor Creane at first base and turned into an inning-ending double play.

To open the sixth, Jake Beinstein hustled out a hard hit to shortstop for a single. James Scarlata followed with a double to left field and Greenwich had two runners in scoring position.

This time, Milford (18-9) was unable to turn back the tide.

Romanello walked, and with the infield in, Beinstein got a great jump off third to beat a throw home on Povinelli’s RBI grounder to second.

Jason Schuld came on in relief and enticed a fielder’s choice ground out that got the force at home.

Milford then botched a successful pickoff play at third, with Scarlata scoring on a throwing error.

Ricky Columbo promptly doubled home two more runs and Charlie Zeeve singled in another to move the score to 5-1.

A throwing error on a ball hit by Jackson Blanchard and a walk to Kyle Woodring reloaded the bases.

A run scored on Beinstein’s groundout. Scarlata made it three RBIs in the frame with a two-run single to plate Blanchard and pinch runner Danny Hupal.

Romanello’s double ended the nine-run uprising.

Milford put runners on base with a single and a walk in the bottom of the sixth. Will DeTeso came on in relief of Giannuzzi and registered a pair of strikeouts in keeping Post 196 off the board the final two frames.

Giannuzzi stranded Nick Lombardo, who had doubled, with a strikeout in the third inning. He set down eight straight batters before walking Dylan LaRoche with two outs in the fifth. Woodring threw him out attempting to steal.

“This is a fun team to coach,” said Carbino, who is assisted by Seth Kalinski. “They stayed upbeat all season and always have each other’s backs.”

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