Greenwich second baseman Ricky Okazaki has found himself a nice little home batting in the No. 2 hole of the Cardinals lineup.
Okazaki bats behind speedy leadoff man and high on base percentage guy Ryoto Fujikura and ahead of slugger Taylor Olmstead, meaning Okazaki often sees good pitches to hit, and he's taken advantage, routinely getting on base and scoring runs.
Tuesday was no different for the Wheaton College-bound Okazaki, who went 1 for 2 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored as Greenwich rolled over non-league opponent Watertown 9-0.
Okazaki feels comfortable in his spot in the lineup.
"Me and Ryoto are pretty good friends and we talk about the pitcher during the game and get up there really relaxed," Okazaki said. "We are both kind of the hitters where we look for walks because we want to get on base any way we can. It's nice having a big bat like Taylor behind me because pitchers will come at me more because they don't want to face Taylor and that makes me a better hitter."
The top of the order trio got the Cardinals rolling right away with three straight singles by Fujikura, Okazaki and Olmstead, making it 1-0.
That was all the offense Greenwich starter Dunster would need as the junior was in control from the outset, throwing 62 pitches over five innings while scattering three hits to pick up the win.
"Dunster, I think that was the best he threw all year, other than the Trinity game," Greenwich Coach Mike Mora said. "His control was fantastic today. He was able to get ahead and make really good pitches once ahead. He's been working on some things on the side and it's time to pay off."
Liam O'Neil closed out the fifth shutout in the last six games for Greenwich.
During that stretch, Greenwich is out scoring its opponents 50-1.
Ferraro led off the third with a walk followed by a Dunster single and a two-run double to left center by Cam Fennell.
In the fifth with two on, Olmstead showed off his athleticism, racing around from second on a sacrifice bunt by Dunster, sliding home just ahead of the throw back from first base.
Okazaki feels the team is playing well but sees room for improvement with the playoffs looming.
"To be honest with you, I think we still have a long way to go," Okazaki said. "There is a couple more weeks in the season left and we are getting better as the season goes on but we are just taking it game by game."
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Greenwich 9, Watertown 0
WATERTOWN 000 000 0 -- 0 5 3
GREENWICH 302 031 X -- 9 10 0
Doubles: G -- Cam Fennell, Michelangelo Federici, Dreher
Records: G 13-2, 12-1 FCIAC; W 9-7