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Greenwich’s game vs. Meriden in Senior American Legion Regional Qualifying Tournament will conclude today

Photo by David Fierro: The Greenwich Senior American Legion Cannons gather between innings of their game against Meriden on July 27, 2021. The Cannons’ matchup vs. Meriden was suspended due to heavy rain in the eighth inning.

To be continued.

That’s the status of the Greenwich Senior American Legion Cannons’ Regional Qualifying Tournament game against Meriden. With Greenwich and Meriden tied 6-6 in the top of the eighth inning the game was suspended when a thunderstorm hit the area, resulting in heavy rain and winds.

As a result, Greenwich will make the long trip back up to Meriden today for the conclusion of the second-round matchup of the Regional Qualifying Tournament. The game resumes at 5:30 p.m. with the score knotted at 6-6. The Cannons are 1-0 in the tournament so far. They opened competition in the tournament by posting a 3-1 win over Wallingford in Monday’s opening round.

Greenwich was just about to bat in the top of the eighth inning when the thunderstorm began on Tuesday evening. The tournament’s quarterfinals are scheduled to take place on Thursday, with the semifinals and finals being held Friday and Saturday at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

Through seven innings of the Cannons’ game against Meriden Post 45, outfielder Ben Nash is 2 for 3, outfielder Jake Mondschein is 2 for 3 and second baseman Auggie Bancroft has two hits for the visiting Cannons. Shortstop/pitcher Christian Mingione delivered two hits, outfielder Jack Zola and pitcher/shortstop Riley Redahan each have one hit apiece for Greenwich.

Redahan, a right-hander, received the start on the mound for the Cannons and pitched five solid innings, allowing four runs, while registering two strikeouts. Meriden, which defeated Fairfield, 1-0, the tournament’s first round, scored three runs in the first inning off Redahan. Left fielder Ethan Brazel highlighted Meriden’s first inning with a two-run double.

Jake Mondschein hits an RBI single for Greenwich in its postseason game against host Meriden.

Greenwich rallied to take leads of 4-3 and 6-4 against Meriden pitcher John Vumback, who pitched all seven innings. The Cannons went ahead, 6-4, with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning off Vumback, a right-hander. Zola singled up the middle and with one out, Mondschein hit a base it to left field, sending Zola to third base. After Mondschein stole second, Bancroft smashed a single to right center field, scoring Zola and Mondschein to give the Cannons a 6-4 edge.

Mingione, who started the game at shortstop, relieved Redahan to start the sixth inning. Meriden tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run single by first baseman Andrew McCarty. Mingione pitched a scoreless seventh inning, as the game moved to extra innings – then the rain came.

Behind 3-0, Greenwich scored four times in the third inning to take a one-run lead. Mondschein, Bancroft and Redahan started the inning with singles to load the bases, then Nash drove in a run with a base hit. Mingione grounded a single between third base and shortstop to bring home a run and two runs scored when Zola reached base on an infield error, making it 4-3.

Mondschein has scored two runs so far in the game, while Nash, Mingione, Bancroft and Zola have each scored one run apiece. Greenwich, which is 1-0 in the double elimination Regional Qualifying Tournament, will also play Thursday no matter what the outcome of its game against Meriden is.

Riley Redahan bats for the Greenwich Senior American Legion Cannons vs. Meriden. The game resumes today.

“It’s going back and forth,” Cannons coach Mike Abate said. “They had the lead, we came back, we had the lead, they came back. It’s a great game.”

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