Handshakes: Greenwich vs McMahon

The matchup of No. 4 Greenwich and No. 5 McMahon played out as billed.

Low scoring, fast moving and well pitched.

Greenwich’s Casey Gaynor was stellar, allowing just one bloop single over six innings and McMahon’s Bryan Daniello was also very good, just allowing two earned runs.

* The Greenwich defense committed two errors but made big plays when it needed to including a 4-6-3 double play in the third and a nice backhanded pick and throw by Dylan Callahan in the fifth.

The play by Callahan was impressive because of how deep in the hole he was when made the throw. The large contingent of press at the game decided the play was outstanding but hard to describe in print and I agree. A play like that can only really be appreciated in person.

Gaynor summed up the play of Callahan well.

“Dylan Callahan, best shortstop in Connecticut,” Gaynor said after the game.

* It was the biggest crowd of the year at Greenwich with many fans coming out to check out the marquee matchup.

Westhill head coach DJ Mulvany and Greenwich Senior Legion coach Mike Abate were both in attendance.

A reporter asked Mulvany why he was there and he said, “Wanted to see two good teams.”

Several Greenwich players went over to chat with Abate after the game as he is an instructor at Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy where many Cardinal players trained in the offseason.

* Max Barefoot was once again solid behind the plate for Greenwich in place of injured Ricky Okazaki who continues to sit out with a concussion.

Barefoot threw out a runner stealing in the first inning and did well keeping the ball in front of him.

Barefoot opened the season as a Swiss Army Knife for the Cardinals, starting at third in the opener and taking over the catching duties when Okazaki went down.

“It is huge to have a kid that was our utility guy coming into the year,” Greenwich coach Mike Mora said. “He played third, he DHd a game, he pinch hit and now he has caught two games. He is a kid that just loves to play and will play anywhere. He is the type of kid you want on your team. He loves baseball, he will work his tail off, do whatever you ask and he’s pretty darn good, too.”

Scott Ericson