The Greenwich Thunder, a 12-under Cal Ripken All-Star baseball team, is in the midst of another highly successful summer.
Currently competing in a 61-team national tournament at Cooperstown All-Star Village located in Oneonta, N.Y., the Thunder have registered a record of 3-1 in the tournament entering Tuesday’s action. Greenwich, which has earned one of the top records in their bracket during pool play, competed in one game on Sunday, then took the diamond three more times in a marathon-type day on Monday.
The Thunder finish pool play in the tournament today with two more games. Teams with the best records in pool play advance to the single-elimination portion of the tournament. Greenwich began the tournament by edging the Lemont Lightning from Illinois on Sunday, 6-5.
Pitchers Luke Langhorne and Kouki Tochimoto combined on the win for the Thunder. Langhorne allowed three runs on four hits over four innings, while striking out five for Greenwich. Jayden Montanez and Chris Holdefehr each hit home runs to help spark the winning effort. With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Thunder scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jack Bylow was struck by a pitch, forcing in a run.
Greenwich’s first game on Monday was a 5-3 victory against the SFX Huskies from Brooklyn, N.Y. Pitcher Owen Bartoszek threw two shutout innings and Tochimoto picked up the save for the victors.
“The SFX Huskies are an elite travel team that typically compete in 14U tournaments,” Greenwich Thunder coach Ray Bartoszek said. “A lot of teams in this tournament and the tournaments we have competed in this summer are travel teams, we’re a town team.”
Reid Glanville homered for Greenwich, which received two hits from Justin Ferry in the win. An outstanding pitching performance by Glanville ignited the Thunder to a 5-2 triumph against Riptide Socal from California. Glanville struck out 11 batters in five innings of work to earn the win.
“Out of 15 batters he faced, he had 11 strikeouts, it was a special performance Bartoszek said. “They are a very strong team from California and it was a great win for us.”
Tuesday, Greenwich plays the Woodridge Bulldogs from Illinois and the Hornets Baseball Federation. Already this summer, the Greenwich Thunder, coached by Bartoszek, Johnny Montanez and Todd Johnson, have competed in tournaments in Montana and Delaware and they reached the championship game the event in Montana. They also traveled to Aberdeen, Maryland, where they reached the finals of that tournament as well.
Since they are the two-time defending Cal Ripken state champions, Greenwich received an automatic berth into next week’s New England Regionals in Raynham, Mass. The winner of the New England Regionals will represent New England in the Cal Ripken World Series in Missouri.
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