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Four runs in sixth lift Greenwich to season-opening win over Simsbury

GREENWICH, March 30 – Thanks to two errors and a two-RBI single from Henry Grenslass, Greenwich scored four times in the sixth inning to beat the Simsbury High baseball team, 6-4, in the season opening contest for both teams on Saturday.

Greenwich took a 2-0 lead but Simsbury tied the game in the fourth inning. Simsbury’s Jack Donofrio started off with a single to center field and stole second base. With one out, Blake Chapman reached on an error and Donofrio scored to put the Trojans on the board. Later in the inning, Chapman moved to third base on a passed ball and scored on Ryan Laubscher’s RBI double to tie the game at 2-2.

Greenwich took a 6-2 lead with four runs in the sixth inning but Simsbury tried to rally in the seventh.

Cayden Thomas got his first hit of the season with a one-out single. He moved to second base on Chapman’s walk and scored on Laubscher’s RBI single. Ryan Caufield also had a RBI single for the Trojans to cut the lead to two runs but that was as close as Simsbury would get.

Laubscher was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Luke Benneche was 2-for-4. On the mound, Donofrio went five innings, struck out eight and allowed just two hits and two runs. He walked one. Benneche took the loss in relief for Simsbury.

Simsbury returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Avon to face the Falcons at Buckingham Field. It will be the season opening contest for the Falcons.

The Trojans, ranked No. 17 in the GameTimeCT preseason top 10 poll, will be looking to build upon last year’s success when they won their first CCC division title since 2008 with the CCC West Patriot Division crown. Simsbury was 15-5 in the regular season and went 1-1 in the CIAC Class LL tournament, dropping a 9-1 decision to East Hartford in the second round.

Greenwich 6, Simsbury 4
At Greenwich
Simsbury (0-1)                   000  200  2 – 4-8-2
Greenwich (1-0)                 200  004  x – 6-5-4
Jack Donofrio, Luke Benneche (6) and unknown; Ian Colalucci, Zach Karlson (4), Luc Thibault (6), Miles Langhorne (6), Mitchell Grimes (7) and unknown; WP: Langhorne (1-0); LP: Benneche (0-1); Save – Grimes (1); 2B: Ryan Laubscher (S); Sean Pratley (G)

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