Miles Langhorne certainly attracts a crowd when he pitches for the Greenwich baseball team.
When Langhorne stepped on the mound against St. Joseph for his first start of the season Monday, a group of more than a dozen Major League Baseball scouts were in attendance to check out his array of pitches.
Along with the MLB scouts, a large crowd gathered to watch Langhorne and the Cardinals face the Cadets and Langhorne, a tall right-hander, produced quite a performance.
A senior, Langhorne recorded 12 strikeouts and allowed only one hit in six innings to lead Greenwich to a 5-1 win over St. Joseph in an FCIAC game. The triumph upped Greenwich’s record to 5-1 and extended its winning streak to three games.
After yielding a single to Cadets junior outfielder Chris Simone in the first inning, Langhorne, who has committed to pitch at Vanderbilt University, retired the next 17 batters he faced, 11 of which he struck out.
“I felt great, I was controlling the zone,” Langhorne said. “The fastball was coming out live and hot and I was able to locate the off-speed breaking ball, which kept the hitters off balance and kept their timing off on the fastball.”
Indeed, Langhorne’s fastball was tough to catch up with, as it resulted in a lot of swing-and-misses. Despite the high strikeout rate, he was economical, needing only 67 pitches to get through six innings – an example of his dominance.
“When you have Miles on the mound, I just have to get out of the way and not mess anything up,” Greenwich coach Adrian Arango said. “He was great, he just went out there and battled. He was in the strike zone, didn’t walk anybody and he was ahead of hitters, throwing mostly first-pitch strikes.”
Arango estimated that there were 15 MLB scouts present to watch Langhorne pitch on Monday. He said there were about 30 when Langhorne made a relief appearance last week.
Monday’s matchup was quite a pitcher’s duel, as St. Joseph (2-5) also received a well-pitched game from sophomore right-hander Matt Tabet. The game was scoreless until the Cardinals scored two runs in the fifth inning. Tabet pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs, while striking out seven batters.
“We’re going to start seeing good pitching and today, this was the best arm we saw so far,” Arango said. “I was very impressed with the way he pitched.”
With the game scoreless, Greenwich broke through in the bottom of the fifth inning against Tabet. Senior left fielder Jack Zola began the fifth inning by hitting a triple to deep right field. With one out and Zola on third base, senior second baseman Auggie Bancroft grounded a single between third base and shortstop, scoring Zola and giving Greenwich a 1-0 lead.
“Zola’s triple kind of started it and Auggie coming through with the base hit was key,” Arango said. “We took it from there.”
Said Zola of his triple: “The first pitch I swung at a change up down, so I was looking for that and he gave me a fastball away and I just kind of poked it out there and fortunately, I was able to get a hit.”
Later in the inning, leadoff hitter/junior outfielder James Babb delivered a sacrifice fly, sending Bancroft home and putting Greenwich on top, 2-0. In the sixth inning, Zola drove in senior first baseman Cage Lasley with a single, making it 3-0. Senior catcher Felipe Echeto added an RBI single in the inning for the victors.
“Coach brought us up after we started off slow and he told us to jump on the first pitch fastball and he gave me one up the second pitch and just dinked it out to left center,” Zola said of his run scoring single.”
Sophomore left-hander Andrew Keeler relieved Tabet with one out in the sixth inning. Greenwich also received a double from senior Christian Mingione, and singles from junior Justin Zych and Lasley.
“It feels great when you get some run support at any point in the game when you’re on the mound,” Langhorne said. “It makes you settle in even more out there. It gave me a second wind.”
As for pitching before Major League scouts?
“It’s very flattering,” Langhorne said. “I worked really hard to put myself in this position. It’s been a life-long dream of mine to take the game to the next level and play professionally, so it’s the culmination of a lot of work and I’m super happy that they’re here. I wouldn’t want another bunch of guys with me to show them what I can do.”