A four-run fifth inning lifted Greenwich’s baseball team to a 4-2 comeback win over visiting Xavier in a non-conference game held on Monday. With the early-season victory, the Cardinals improved their record to 2-0.
Xavier (1-1) scored two runs in the top of the second off Cardinals right-hander senior right-hander Tommy Healey, who shut out the Falcons thereafter. Healey pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing just those two runs.
Greenwich did all its damage in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking the lead by scoring all four of its runs. Senior outfielder James Babb started Greenwich’s fifth inning by singling up the middle. Walks then enabled the Cardinals to mount its threat.
With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, senior Tyler Cusimano drew a walk, forcing in a run and cutting Xavier’s lead to 2-1. Justi Zych, also a senior, followed with a walk, forcing home another run to tie the score at 2-2.
Senior Marc Thiebault hit a run-scoring single and senior Ryan Perez delivered a sacrifice fly, giving the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
“Xavier’s pitchers did a great job, we only had four hits,” Greenwich coach Adrian Arango said. “We were patient at the plate in the fifth inning, with James getting a bit hit and getting a couple of walks.”
Healey earned the win and junior right-hander Nathan Jones picked up the save. Jones retired the last batter of the sixth inning, then pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.
“Those guys have been through the ringer in pitching in big games for us,” Arango said.
Greenwich plays New Canaan today in a non-conference game at Mead Park at 4 p.m., then visits Southington on Saturday.
Greenwich visited Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday and was defeated by the Falcons, 14-0, in 4 1/2 inning FCIAC game.
Ludlowe scored two runs in the second inning and 12 runs in the third to put the game away. They finished the game with 10 hits. The Cardinals, who were held hitless, received two strikeouts from freshman starting pitcher Sophia Blois.
Greenwich plays again Thursday, when its hosts Brien McMahon at 4 p.m.
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