Greenwich High

Greenwich baseball team edged by host Brien McMahon in extra innings, 6-5

Greenwich’s baseball team held a three-run lead in the seventh inning, but host Brien McMahon tied the score with a three-run home run, then earned a 6-5 win with a homer in the bottom of the eighth inning in an FCIAC matchup held on Thursday in Norwalk.

Trailing 4-1, McMahon evened the score when Phil Stalzer hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, forcing extra innings. The Cardinals (3-1) regained the lead by scoring one run in the top of the eighth inning, but the Senators got the win, courtesy of Matt Claps. A catcher, Claps delivered a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth and McMahon posted a walk-off win.

Greenwich senior right-hander Nathan Jones pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, striking out 11 batters, while not allowing an earned run. He also did not yield a walk.

Junior catcher Michael Bocchino had two hits and drove in two runs. Bocchino hit his first varsity home run to help pace Greenwich’s lineup. Senior third baseman Justin Zych went 3 for 4 with one run scored, while senior designated hitter Aidan Rosario had two hits, two RBIs and one run scored for the Cardinals.

Senior outfielder Ryan Perez drove in a run, senior Javier Serra had a hit and scored a run and Tyler Cusimano reached base three times on walks and scored a run for Greenwich, which scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third, one in the fifth and one in the eighth. For McMahon (3-2) Stalzer knocked in four runs.

Greenwich is right back in action tomorrow, when it hits the road to travel up to Southington. The non-conference road game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

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