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Greenwich Senior American Legion Cannons rally to defeat Fairfield, 9-7

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: Tommy Healey went 4 for 4 to help lead the Greenwich Cannons’ Senior American Legion team to a 9-7 comeback win over visiting Fairfield in a game held on July 13, 2022, in Greenwich.

After being edged by Fairfield on Tuesday, the Greenwich Cannons Senior American Legion team returned the favor on Wednesday, courtesy of Tommy Healey.

Healey powered the Cannons at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three RBI, resulting in a key, late-season comeback win for Greenwich.

The shortstop’s clutch hits helped propel Greenwich past Fairfield, 9-7, in Senior American Legion baseball action held at Julian Curtiss School.

Greenwich, which overcame a 4-1 deficit, dropped a 5-4 decision on the road Tuesday evening, so the victory got the team back on the winning track, heading into the postseason, which commences Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: Tyler Cusimano of the Greenwich Cannons runs to first base while getting one of his two hits for the Cannons during their game against visiting Fairfield on July 13, 2022, in Greenwich.

“To get back on the winning side of things before the playoffs is always nice,” Cannons coach Mike Abate said. “We fought back well and took the lead and credit Fairfield, they fought back the last inning and we were very fortunate to get the double play and squeeze the win out.”

Indeed, trailing 9-4, Fairfield rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning and had the bases loaded with one out. Greenwich pitcher Wyatt Gibson escaped further damage when Riley Redahan caught a line drive to third base and doubled up a Fairfield baserunner at second base for the game-ending double play.

Greenwich, which improved to 13-9 with the triumph, plays Zone 4 foe Fairfield again today at Fairfield, with the game beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Field. The Cannons will host Milford on Saturday in the first round of the Senior American Legion State Tournament at Julian Curtiss School at 1 p.m. Greenwich will compete in the four-team POD E in the Tournament’s Southern Division bracket, which includes Milford, Ridgefield and Hamden.

Each four-team pod (there are four in the tournament’s Southern Division and Northern Division) will determine a winner based on a double elimination format. The eight winners will then go on to the double elimination super regional tournaments at Bristol and Middletown (South Region) beginning on Saturday July 23. Teams will be reseeded based on regular season records for the super regionals. 

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: Wyatt Gibson delivers a pitch for Greenwich during its game against Fairfield in Senior American Legion baseball action on July 13, 2022, at Julian Curtiss School in Greenwich.

While Healey, a shortstop and 2022 Greenwich High School graduate, was 4 for 4, fellow GHS 2022 graduate Tyler Cusimano had two hits and collected RBI for the Cannons in Wednesday’s matchup against Fairfield.

“We’re heating up again, we had a big cold streak, but I think we’re back,” said Cusimano, who played first base. “We’re pitching well, we’re hitting and we’re playing well. Last night (Tuesday night) was an unfortunate game, but tonight, we came back.”

Greenwich took the lead for good at 5-4 when Healey singled to left field off Fairfield right-handed relief pitcher Liam Grady in the fifth inning, scoring catcher Felipe Echeto and Gibson. Second baseman TJ Messina drew a base-loaded walk, forcing in another run, making it 6-4, then Cusimano hit a run-scoring single for the Cannons’ seventh run.

Photo by Dylan Goodman: Justin Zych delivers a pitch for the Greenwich Cannons during their game against Fairfield.

In the sixth inning, the Cannons extended their lead on a two-run double by Healey – a hit that put the home team on top, 9-4. For the game, Healey had three singles, one double and two runs scored.

“I felt good at the plate,” Healey said. “I was seeing the ball, seeing the spin really well and I just had really good pitches up there, so I was able to piece the ball and find holes. On the double, I hit the ball well and found a gap.”

The first six Fairfield batters reached base against Gibson in the top of the seventh inning, cutting Greenwich’s advantage to 9-7. Matthew Vivona and Charles Swanson each delivered run-scoring singles to highlight the Fairfield’s rally, but the Cannons were able to close the game out for their 13th win of the season.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Goodman Photography: Greenwich’s Tommy Healey beats the throw home against Fairfield in a Senior American Legion game held at Julian Curtiss School in Greenwich.

“Our bats have been a little slow the past few games, but I think we’re kind of breaking out,” Healey said. “Today, we got a lot of hits and a lot of runs. We’re ready to move on and play some good teams.”

Right-hander Justin Zych, who graduated from Greenwich high last month, pitched the first four innings and Gibson worked three innings in relief to pick up the win for the Cannons. Fairfield scored three runs in the first inning and added a run in the second inning to seize an early 4-0 lead.

Cusimano’s two-run triple to deep right center field brought Greenwich to within 4-3 in the fourth inning.

Photo by Dylan Goodman Photography: Tyler Cusimano’s puts a good swing on the ball during Greenwich’s game vs. Fairfield.

“We put up nine runs, that’s always good,” Cusimano. “Top to bottom, we had guys hitting and that’s always a good sign going into the playoffs.”

Redahan had one hit and one run scored, Zych doubled, Echeto scored a run, Zach Alza had a run scored and outfielder Andrew Walko had two hits and scored two runs in the winning effort.

Photo by Dylan Goodman: Riley Redahan rounds third base on his way to scoring a run for Greenwich against Fairfield.

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