Handshakes: Greenwich vs St. Joseph

The Cardinals celebrate the win over St. Joseph.

The game between no. 1 Greenwich and No. 5 St. Joseph lived up to the hype with the Cardinals remaining unbeaten with a 5-4 extra inning win.

* These are the two best teams I have seen this year. Not having seen Ridgefield, I will put them at No. 3 based on what I have read.

* Ricky Okazaki had the game winning hit for Greenwich and, thanks to Twitter, I found out his brother had the game winning hit in extra innings against St. Joe’s two years ago.

Say what you will about Twitter but for reasons like today, it is awesome. I tweeted that Ricky had the game winning hit, Yuta Okazaki tweeted back that he had done the same and boom, the lede to my story is written.

* Really impressed with Cadets catcher Joe Burns. He blocks balls very well and has a cannon arm that he showed off on a few throws to first base.

No throws to second because Greenwich had enough sense not to try and steal on him, a wise move.

* Casey Gaynor has emerged as not only the top pitcher for the Cards but also their most clutch hitter, again coming through with ducks on the pond.

* Greenwich clinched the No. 1 seed in the FCIAC tournament, leaving St. Joe’s, Staples and Ridgefield battling it out over the final week for the other top three spots. McMahon, which nearly got a no-hitter by Bryan Daniello, could also sneak into the top 4 if things break right for them.

* The Cardinals close their run at perfection with games at Warde Wednesday and at Danbury Friday. Cards will probably not push their starting pitchers too far in those games so do not be shocked if they lose one of those as they seem firmly focused on the playoffs and not chasing perfection.

Okazaki gave us the standard line after the game, “Coach Mora always says, ‘play one game at a time, one pitch at a time. Today I did not even realize we were 17-0, we all just went in there and played the game.”

Scott Ericson