It didn’t take the Greenhills baseball team long to get into the “swing of things.” The Gryphons opened the season with sweep over Cranbrook on Monday, winning the first game 2-1 and the second game 3-2.
“I was really proud with the effort throughout the double-header,” said Greenhills Coach Thomas Ward. “It can be difficult to be in the swing of things the first game of the year, but our guys came ready to play and had confidence, even against two of the better pitchers we’ll see all year.
“I was especially proud of our guys battling back in game two. Despite playing well, we trailed 2-0 heading into the fifth, knowing it could be the last inning due to darkness. To turn that game around and finally get to a good pitcher was a sign of our experience.
“We’ve been in tough situations before and we didn’t worry. I was also happy with our defensive effort, committing just one error on the night.”
In game one, both starters were difficult to hit, but struggled with command.
The Gryphons got to Cranbrook’s Jack Fairman early. Junior Gabe Seir came up with a two-run single to give Greenhills the lead. But Fairman shut down the Gryphons the rest of the way.
“He’s a very good pitcher and I was impressed with both his velocity and sharp breaking ball,” Ward said.
Aidan Brewer was solid on the mound for Greenhills. The senior gave up his first and only hit of the game with one-out in the sixth inning. With strong command of his fastball and changeup, Brewer struck out 11 in 6 innings to earn the win. Henry Branch (junior) struck out two to close the game and earn a save.
In the nightcap, Gabe Seir earned the win for Greenhills in a darkness-shortened game. Seir went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 7.
Cranbrook’s Alex Finney was phenomenal on the mound, striking out 10 in his five innings and making a highlight reel play to get one of the Gryphons out at the plate.
Greenhills trailed 2-0 after four innings.
Stevie Snabes led off with a big single and stole second base. Owen Klein followed that up with a single and stolen base of his own to turn the lineup over to the top with the tying runners on. Brewer came up with a two-run double to tie the game and Greenhills scratched out one more run to take the lead and hold on.
“To have the bottom of our lineup start that rally was great to see,” Ward said.
MAIN PHOTO: Junior Gabe Seir takes a cut. Photo by Ricardo Seir