One big swing of the bat by Kyle Woodring gave the Greenwich High School baseball team a big win on Monday.
Woodring’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Greenwich a 4-3 victory over visiting Wilton in a key FCIAC matchup. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 9-8 overall, 7-6 in FCIAC play. They are still in the mix for a berth in the rapidly approaching eight-team FCIAC Tournament.
The walk-off home run came after Wilton tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning.
“They tied the game, so we were just trying to get a runner on base, one base at a time,” Woodring, a senior who bats righty, said. “It just happened, where we needed one hit and I was able to hit a home run.”
Woodring’s home run went over the right-field fence.
“I went oppo and I usually don’t go oppo,” Woodring said. “It felt good off the bat, but I didn’t know if it was going to be a home run until I was rounding the bases. Our team is playing well. We have a lot more confidence and we are ready to roll these next couple of games.”
Said Cardinals coach Mike Mora: “I couldn’t be happier for Kyle. He works so hard for this school, whether it’s baseball or football. He deserved it. His power stroke is to right field and when he lets the ball travel he hits the ball a long way.”
Junior Alex Roath pitched six effective innings of one-run ball, before giving way to senior Charlie Zeeve. In the second inning, Jackson Blanchard’s RBI triple scored Ian Colalucci with Greenwich’s first run. Woodring hit a run-scoring single in the third inning and Henry Jonokuhi delivered an RBI pinch hit single for the Cardinals in the sixth inning. Blanchard and Hayden Kistler also singled in the inning.
Up next for GHS is a road game against FCIAC foe Fairfield Warde on Wednesday.