Handshakes: Greenwich vs New Canaan

Matt Pruner of Greenwich turns a double play against New Canaan.

The No. 1 Greenwich Cardinals remained unbeaten but were once again put to the test, this time by a young New Canaan squad.

The Cards should beat Bassick Wednesday but then have to travel to Staples Friday for a huge game with the Wreckers.

Staples is 13-2, 11-2 in the FCIAC and currently in second place after beating Danbury 14-4 Monday.

The Wreckers play Trumbull Wednesday before hosting Greenwich.

* As for Monday, New Canaan has a young team, starting 5 sophomores, but they play hard and nearly pulled off the upset.

* The New Canaan players take chatter to a whole new level with nobody sitting in the dugout but instead standing right next to the short backstop at Greenwich and unleashing a never ending barrage of noise as the opposing players bat or pitch.

I heard some Greenwich fans complaining but chatter and razzing have been part of the game forever and as long as it is not racist or homophobic I think it is fine. It was actually nice to see such enthusiasm from the players.

* Great to see New Canaan assistant coach Ron Bentley at the game. Bentley is a cop in New Canaan but more importantly played baseball with and against me growing up. Before Curt Casali came to New Canaan, Bentley was one of the best catchers the Rams ever had.

Speaking of Casali, his little brother Andrew was the starting pitcher for New Canaan today.

* Biggest crowd of the year at Greenwich as people now seem to realize how good this team is and are starting to come out with two weeks left in the season.

* Interesting matchup late in this game with sophomores Willie Burger of New Canaan and Kyle Dunster of Greenwich facing each other in the last inning. Two years from now these will be two of the best players in the league. In fact, Burger is already one of the better players in the FCIAC, catching and batting third for the Rams.

Scott Ericson