Sweep the week.
That’s what the Greenwich baseball team sets out to do each week and Friday it accomplished its weekly mission.
Behind a five-run fifth inning and stellar pitching, Greenwich extended its winning streak to five games, defeating Westhill, 7-2, Friday in an FCIAC game.
Greenwich beat St. Joseph, Wilton and Westhill this week to run its record to 7-1.
“There’s nothing better in the FCIAC than sweeping a week, going 3-0. “We haven’t had that opportunity yet, so I told them about sweeping a week,” Cardinals coach Adrian Arango said. “We played three good teams this week. Westhill is young and is going to be very dangerous.”
Senior left-hander Carson Bylciw allowed five hits and no earned runs in five innings to earn the win. He walked just one batter and struck out seven.
“This is what we tell our kids, you might not always have your ‘A’ stuff, but you can compete and that’s what he did, he competed,” Arango said of Bylciw. “He was in jams, in tough spots. But he kept his composure and he battled for five inning for us and ended up getting the win. I know every time he’s on the mound, we’re going to be in the game.”
Senior first baseman Cage Lasley went 2 for 3 with two RBI and one run scored, senior catcher Felipe Echeto had one hit and two RBI, senior second baseman Auggie Bancroft added two hits and two runs scored and senior Miles Langhorne had an RBI single for the Cardinals. Junior third baseman also paced the lineup with an RBI double.
“We are all feeling good,” Lasley said. “Sweeping the week was something coach talked about at the beginning of the year and it’s something that’s really hard to do in our league.”
Greenwich took a 1-0 lead in the third inning against Westhill sophomore right-hander Eric Osterhus, who pitched 3 1/3 effective innings. Bancroft singled and scored on Zych’s double for the game’s first run. Capitalizing on a pair of Cardinals errors, the Vikings took a 2-1 fourth-inning lead.
Outfielder Nicholas Montagnese and designated hitter Omari Lewis scored Westhill’s fourth inning runs. The Cardinals rallied to take the lead for good in the fifth inning off Westhill right-hander Jake Benner. Bancroft singled up the middle, stole second and after Perez was hit by a pitch, Langhorne grounded a single between third and shortstop, evening the score at 2-2.
Lasley followed with a single through the left side of the infield, scoring a run and giving Greenwich a 3-2 advantage.
“A couple of hits that inning was because we stole second and we got their shortstop to cover,” Arango said. “Then we got a couple of hits in the hole. That steal helped that inning and we had kids step up and get big hits.”
Jack Zola, a senior outfielder knocked in a run with a single and Echeto drove in two runs by singling, making it 6-2.
“We tried our best to stay up every inning and we tried to stay focused and put our best at the plate every time,” Bancroft said. “We work hard day in and day out.”
The Cards added a seventh run in the sixth inning, courtesy of Lasley’s run-scoring single. The Vikings (4-5) had five hits for the game, two of which were by Benner. Right-hander James Lavelle also pitched in relief for Westhill.
Relieving Bylciw after five innings was senior Michael Rose, a right-hander. He pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.
“Last game I threw I didn’t throw so well,” Rose said. “I wasn’t hitting the zone very well. But this time, I had a mindset that I am only going to throw strikes and I was able to throw strikes.”
Greenwich travels to Ridgefield Monday, before hosting Staples on Wednesday.
“It is going to be exciting, Ridgefield has some big-time pitchers, we have our big-time pitcher, so I’m excited,” Arango said. “We also have Staples next week – it’s a big week.”