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Top Seed Greenwich Aims For Legion Baseball Crown

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich Senior Legion baseball team assembled this summer not unlike a certain group of Marvel superheroes who dominated the box office in "The Avengers."

The top players from the Greenwich High baseball team that went 20-0 in the regular season combined forces with players from Fairchester Athletic Association champion Brunswick. The result was a team that dominated Zone Four, rolling to a staggering 25-2 record and the top seed in the state tournament, which begins Saturday at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford.

“From day one these guys came in with a great mindset and a goal,” Greenwich manager Mike Abate said. “I think a lot of that had to do with their seasons at Greenwich High and the guys at Brunswick winning it all. Putting those two teams together has really been an incredible ride.”

Greenwich was billed as a pitching and defense team entering the Legion season, but the Cannons have produced in just about every facet of the game against almost every opponent.

The statistics tell the story: 172 runs scored (the most in the zone by 24 runs), a team ERA of 1.85 (by far the best in the zone), six shutouts (most in the zone) and a 122-run differential (again, the best in the zone).

Greenwich has won 18 games in a row entering postseason play and has not lost since June 17.

“We really think we can win this thing as the No. 1 [seed],” Greenwich shortstop Dylan Callahan said. “We thought [the Senior Legion team] could have won it last year, so we’re definitely going in with a chip on our shoulder. And playing at Cubeta and staying close to home is a huge advantage, too.”

Despite a week layoff since playing its last game, Abate is confident his team will be ready to make a deep run in the tournament.

“Right now we’re clicking on all cylinders,” Abate said. “I told the guys, if we hit we’re going to win because we know we’re going to pitch and pick it on defense.”

Greenwich takes on Unionville of Zone One at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford.

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