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Bancroft, Hintzen lift Greenwich baseball over Trumbull

Updated 9:37 pm, Sunday, May 12, 2013
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GREENWICH -- After struggling to find offense in its loss to Staples Friday, Greenwich baseball coach Mike Mora made a few adjustments to his lineup heading in to crucial matchup with rival Trumbull Sunday.

Mora inserted role player Nick Bancroft into the starting lineup at the No. 9 spot and did the senior ever contribute. Bancroft went 3-for-3 with two RBI and JT Hintzen threw a complete game five-hitter as the Cardinals defeated Trumbull 5-2 in a rematch of last year's FCIAC title game. Greenwich clinched a playoff spot with the win.

"For a senior it's tough to sit on the bench, but he's kept working hard," Mora said of Bancroft. "His swings at practice were great and he had a great at-bat the other day. The kid came in today and had a few big hits, two big RBI."

The Cardinals broke open a 2-1 game with a three-run sixth inning, aided greatly by three Eagles' errors in the field. The first five Greenwich batters reached base before a double play and a fly out prevented any further damage.

"It was not a good day for us out there defensively," Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said. "The miscues in the sixth definitely broke it open. We're not happy about that, but you're not going to win too many games by only scoring two runs."

The bottom of the order did most of the damage for Greenwich (14-3, 12-2 FCIAC). In addition to Bancroft, No. 8 hitter Jon Dreher doubled in a run that broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Cardinals lead for good. No. 7 hitter Liam O'Neill went 1-for-1 with a pair of sacrifices.

"We don't really have any stars, per se," Mora said. "We expect everybody to put the ball in play; bunt, move the guys over and get them in. No.1 through No. 9 right now we're pretty solid."

Hintzen kept the defending FCIAC champions off balance for most of the afternoon. The junior gave up a pair of doubles in the seventh to Ryan Fritz and Luke Waldek that scored a run, but Hintzel, who struck out six Sunday, got two strikeouts in the final inning to preserve to victory.

"(Hintzen) did fantastic," Mora said. "He's getting better every time out. The kid wants the ball, he wants to compete and he goes after people. He's a pleasure to coach and watch."

The Eagles (11-6, 10-5) remained in sixth place in the conference but are only one game ahead of No. 9 Wilton with three games left in the regular season. With matchups against Staples (Monday) and Ridgefield (Wednesday) looming, Trumbull is going to have to work to secure a spot in the tournament to defend their FCIAC crown.

"We're definitely going to have to wake up," Pacelli said. "We're probably going to have to win two out of three games next week and we have three tough games. We have to fix things really quick here."

Greenwich 5, Trumbull 2

TRUMBULL 000 100 1--2 5 5

GREENWICH 010 103 X--5 8 2

Records: Trumbull 11-6, 10-5 FCIAC; Greenwich 14-3, 13-2. Batteries: T--Colin Keyes (L) and James DeNomme; G--JT Hintzel (W) and Jon Dreher. Highlights: G--Nick Bancroft went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI. Jon Dreher went 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI.

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