A day after beating McMahon in 9 innings, Staples once again pulled out a 9 inning victory, this time 2-1 over Greenwich.
This time it was a pitcher’s duel with Rob Vallone of Staples and Kyle Dunster of Greenwich equaling each other pitch for pitch.
Then it was relievers J.T. Hintzen of Greenwich and Justin Gallanty of Staples not allowing any hits over three innings each of work.
Let’s hope these two teams meet up again in the playoffs when it is a bit warmer. Today was again cold (in the upper 40s) and the wind was blowing in from left field.
Despite the win, Dunster launched a home run to left field, landing just inside the foul pole.
Dunster had two of the Cardinals four hits.
Losing so many quality players as the Cardinals did from last season, defense is one place where they could struggle and that is what happened today. Making four errors, including two in the last inning.
Staples did the little things today.
They got a bunt down to advance the runner in the 9th, sniffed out a delayed steal in the fifth and played solid defense all afternoon.
The two pitchers Staple used both had all their pitches working, according to catcher Adam Dulsky.
“I think both our pitchers threw really well today,” Dulsky said. “Rob threw a lot more strikes than he did last week and today he wsa lights out except for the one homerun but Dunster got all of that pitch. They were throwing strikes, they were making guys miss, lots of swings and misses.”