Baseball Cards fall to Vikings
GREENWICH — Westhill junior right-hander James Gerard made the most of his first start of the season on Wednesday.
Normally one of the Vikings’ closers, Gerard was asked to start against host Greenwich and he certainly answered the call in a big way.
Allowing three runs over seven innings, Gerard sparked Westhill on the mound, while senior outfielder Bobby Zmarzlak ignited his squad at the plate, hitting two home runs in the Vikings’ 7-3 win over Greenwich.
The victory upped the Vikings’ record to 10-4 overall and 6-4 in FCIAC play. Greenwich dropped to 3-10 overall with its second straight loss and 2-6 in the conference.
Leading 2-0, Westhill added three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-0 advantage. Senior Sammy Spingola delivered a base hit to center field with the bases run, bringing home a run and giving the visitors a 3-0 lead. Greenwich right-hander Alex Roath, who started, pitched four solid innings, before running into some trouble in the fifth inning.
Luc Thiebault relieved Roath with one out in the fifth inning. Junior outfielder George Psicopaidas drew a bases-loaded walk, putting Westhill on top, 4-0. An error on a pickoff throw to second base brought in another Westhill run in the inning.
After throwing four scoreless innings, Gerard, who threw more than 120 pitches for the game, yielded three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Junior outfielder Danny Perez hit a two-run double down the right field line and senior outfielder Jackson Blanchard hit a sacrifice fly, cutting the Vikings’ lead to 5-3.
Greenwich lefty Zach Karson pitched a scoreless sixth inning, before Westhill tallied two runs in the seventh. Zmarzlak hit a home run over the center field fence off GHS sophomore right-hander Zach Alza, making it 7-3.
Zmarzlak added a solo homer earlier in the game for the victors. Gerard retired the Cardinals in the seventh inning without allowing a run to seal the win and earn his first victory as a starter on the mound this season.