A complete-game effort from right-hander Nathan Jones and a two-triple, two RBI performance from Marc Thiebeault powered the Greenwich baseball team to victory in its season-opener on Tuesday.
Jones, a sophomore, allowed one run on five hits, while striking out four batters in Greenwich’s 7-1 win over visiting Stamford in an FCIAC matchup. The game marked the Greenwich coaching debut of Adrian Arango.
“Nathan Jones was masterful, everything worked to plan,” Arango said. “When we left the bullpen, I told him, it was the first of many starts and to have fun and relax. His change-up was really good. Even when he got in a few jams, he was able to pitch his way out of them.”
The Cardinals (1-0) scored one run in the third inning, added two more runs in the fifth inning and scored three times in the sixth inning. Senior Matias Fernandez singled and scored on Thiebault’s triple in the third inning. Thiebeault, who started in left field, drove in two more runs with a triple in the sixth inning and junior Tommy Healey delivered an RBI single for the victors.
Junior Aidan Rosario hit a sacrifice fly, junior Ryan Perez knocked in a pair of runs with a single and junior James Babb had two hits for Greenwich, which gave Arango his first Cardinals coaching win.
“It was really nice, it was special,” Arango said of the season-opening win. “It was also a little bittersweet, since it came against Stamford High, the team I played for in high school. But it was still exciting. There was a great atmosphere out there today and the team was ready to go.”
Senior Tyler Restivo was Stamford’s starting pitcher.
“He is Stamford’s senior ace and he threw the ball well,” Arango said. “He has a good curve ball.”
Greenwich is back on the diamond Wednesday against Fairfield Ludlowe at 4 p.m. They will then travel to Darien on Friday. Arango said the team is currently in a mini quarantine situation. Eight seniors on the team are currently in quarantine, after one player on the squad tested positive for COVID-19. The Department of Health deemed that the eight players who were sitting on a bus close to the athlete who tested positive, must quarantine. The Cardinals coach said those players will be eligible to return to the team on Monday.
“They are staying as positive as they can through it all,” Arango said. “I know it’s tough for them to not be playing, after missing all of last season, but they have kept a very positive attitude.”