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Callahan Pitches Into 10th, but Greenwich Eliminated

GREENWICH, Conn. – In one of the most epic pitchers duels of the season, Greenwich’s Dylan Callahan went toe-to-toe with East Hartford’s Alan Schiff for 10 innings Saturday in the Class LL state tournament. Despite retiring 22 batters in a row at one point, Callahan ended up the hard-luck loser. Schiff was not quite so dominant, but he shut down the Cardinals when it counted, as East Hartford ended Greenwich’s season with a 4-2 victory in the state quarterfinals.

“I just wanted to win so badly for my team. It’s unfortunate we didn’t, but somebody’s got to lose,” Callahan said. “We had a great run and were one of the best teams in the state. But you can’t win them all.”

Callahan put in the longest outing of his high school career, striking out 10 in 9 1/3 innings. He allowed just three hits, and only one East Hartford run was earned.

Callahan’s lone walk of the afternoon turned out to be a big one. He put on the leadoff batter in the top of the 10th, and that runner scored on the eventual game-winning double by Christian Caballero.

“An unbelievable performance,” Greenwich manager Mike Mora said of Callahan’s effort. “It’s unfortunate that he ended up with a loss, but it’s outstanding how he pitched under the circumstances. He wanted the ball (in the 10th). He’s my senior, and I left him in. That’s on me.”

Greenwich’s best chance to win came in the bottom of the eighth with Callahan on third, but Casey Gaynor grounded out to third. The Cardinals managed to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 10th, but Taylor Olmstead hit into a game-ending fielder’s choice.

The Cardinals dug themselves an early hole in the second, when two errors led to two unearned East Hartford runs. The score stood at 2-0 until the fourth, when Kyle Ballone roped a two-run double that hopped against the right-field fence, scoring Cameron Fennell and Matt Pruner. The Cardinals stranded seven runners on the afternoon.

Greenwich finishes a memorable 2012 season with a 23-2 record and a perfect 20-0 in the regular season.

“It was a tremendous year," Mora said. "We didn’t get a championship, but we had a good ride, and I think the kids grew.”

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