Greenwich High

Greenwich baseball team begins season with losses to Notre Dame-West Haven, Staples, will visit Stamford next

Greenwich first baseman John McHugh (No. 10) holds the Staples baserunner on during a game at Greenwich High School.

With shutout losses against formidable foes Notre Dame-West Haven and Staples, the season, obviously, didn’t start the way Greenwich High School’s baseball team hoped it would, so it’s aiming to get on the winning track on Saturday.

That’s when the Cardinals make a short trip to Stamford High School to renew their FCIAC rivalry. Greenwich was defeated by Notre Dame-West Haven in its season-opener on Monday, 8-0, then dropped an 8-0 decision to Staples Tuesday.

“We have to get on the board and score some runs, but no shame in getting shut out by the two guys we did,” Greenwich coach Adrian Arango said. “We just have to keep working and be ready for Stamford High on Saturday.”

Greenwich’s Wyatt Gibson greets Greenwich first base coach Sean Mayo after getting a base hit against Staples.

In Tuesday’s matchup against Staples, the Cardinals faced right-handed pitcher Hiro Wyatt, who has drawn the attention of numerous Major League Baseball scouts and is being heavily recruited by Division I colleges.

Throwing in the mid-90’s, Wyatt struck out 13 batters in five innings, while allowing two hits. He did not walk a batter during his dominant performance.

“Hiro is the class of the league, no doubt, a great pitcher and a great kid,” Arango said. “He was touching 94 and his offspeed was unhittable.”

During the game against the Wreckers, senior center fielder Wyatt Gibson went 1 for 3, while junior first baseman/third baseman John McHugh and senior Alex Palmer also had one hit for Greenwich (0-2).

Greenwich’s Wyatt Gibson runs to first base while getting a single against Staples.

“Even as dominant as he (Wyatt) was, we had some good at-bats,” Arango said.

The game was scoreless until scored four runs in the fourth inning. The Wreckers added one run in the fifth inning, the plated three more in the sixth inning. Junior right-hander Troy Goodwin got the start on the mound for Greenwich against Staples and threw five innings.

Goodwin allowed five runs, but only one run was earned, as Staples capitalized on key Cardinals errors. Greenwich’s starting pitcher struck out eight batters and did not issue a walk.

“Troy pitched great,” Arango said. “Troy is a huge piece for us and I was very proud of his effort. He deserved much better.”

Greenwich pitcher Tommy Passamano delivers to the plate during a game against Staples.

Junior right-hander Tommy Passamano pitched two innings of relief for Greenwich. For Staples, Wyatt helped his own cause, hitting a home run. Wyatt went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Junior Jaron Kline was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Wreckers, who are 1-1 on the season. Staples was edged by Fairfield Prep, 8-7, on Wednesday.

After playing Stamford on Saturday, the Cardinals host Fairfield Ludlowe on Tuesday, then Brien McMahon visits GHS on Friday.

Greenwich’s John McHugh leads off first base after reaching base with a single.

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