Fans of pitchers' duels enjoyed a treat at Stamford High School on Wednesday afternoon. Greenwich had its ace Dylan Callahan, and the Black Knights countered with Trevor Kane (4-0, 1 save). Neither pitcher allowed an earned run, but Stamford capitalized on four Greenwich errors to eke out a 3-1 win.
Callahan, emerging as one of the best pitchers in the state, was the hard-luck loser for the Cardinals, authoring an otherwise dominant performance on the mound. With a fastball touching the mid-80s, a nasty changeup and the occasional curveball, Callahan scattered four hits and struck out nine with no walks in six innings.
But it was not enough as Stamford's Kane was equally as brilliant, piecing together five dominant innings and striking out six Cardinals. Callahan's defense let him down with four errors, leading to three unearned runs.
"It is frustrating anytime I lose, but mistakes are going to happen in baseball," Callahan said. "I felt great out there on the mound, but we just didn't hit the ball well today."
The backbreaker came in the fifth when Stamford's Travis Docimo lofted a shallow fly ball to right. Cardinals second baseman Matt Pruner drifted too far into the outfield and collided with right fielder Taylor Olmstead, and the ball dropped between them. Three batters later, Brendan Docimo ripped a ground-rule double to left to give Stamford the lead for good.
Greenwich's best opportunity to come back was snuffed out in the top of the sixth, trailing by one with the bases loaded. Casey Gaynor was tagged out at the plate trying to score the tying run on a passed ball.
"We didn't execute, and they put the balls in play when they had to," Greenwich head coach Mike Mora said. "It was a great game, but it stinks to lose it. We just have to get back out there."
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Greenwich (4-5). The Cardinals will try to pull back to .500 when they host Darien on Friday for a 4 p.m. game.
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