GREENWICH, Conn. – Casey Gaynor gave up only a bloop single in six innings pitched and Taylor Olmstead provided all the offense Greenwich High School needed Wednesday as the Cardinals blanked Brien McMahon, 4-0, to remain the only unbeaten team in the conference.
Still recovering from an elbow injury that forced him to sit out all last season and with his pitch count around 80, Gaynor was pulled after six innings despite throwing a one-hitter. Kyle Dunster finished off the Senators in seventh in relief of Gaynor. McMahon only got one runner to third base all afternoon.
“Coach [Mora] has been doing a great job with my pitch counts and Kyle has been great shutting teams down in the seventh. It’s a great formula,” Gaynor said. “We really bared down to win this one.”
McMahon ace Bryan Daniello was nearly as effective as Gaynor, allowing just two earned runs. The only Cardinal who seemed to have a read on Daniello was Olmstead, who drove in the game’s first run on an RBI single in the third inning.
Olmstead bookended the day in the fifth with a towering RBI triple off the fence in centerfield that was just a few feet shy of a home run, driving in Greenwich’s fourth run. Sandwiched in between were two runs that scored on a throwing error that allowed Dylan Callahan and Olmstead to score in the third.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We were prepared and worked hard for this one all week,” Olmstead said. “This is a great group of guys and we’re all hitting well.”
Greenwich played solid defense all around, but Callahan provided what will likely be one of the top five defensive plays of the season in the top of the fifth. The Cardinals' shortstop made a Major League-caliber stop, ranging far to his right, sliding to catch the ball and firing to first in time to get the out.
Greenwich (8-0) travels to Darien for a 4 p.m. game Friday.