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GREENWICH, CONN. — An effective third pitch in high school baseball can be a powerful weapon. Andrew Waite had his working for Rye Country Day on Tuesday. And he had a string of seven straight zeroes to show for it.
The junior right-hander used a biting slider and smooth mix of speeds to slip past Brunswick 2-0 in a Fairchester Athletic Association matchup. Waite struck out eight and walked one in a three-hit gem as RCDS evened its record at 6-6.
“Andrew had it all going,” RCDS catcher Liam Dalton said. “In the first inning, when you see a guy who has a slider with such great command, you feel good about the rest of the game. He’s been throwing great all year and this was the culmination of everything for him.”
Waite won a pitchers Tuesday duel with Brunswick sophomore Bradley Wilpon. Wilpon, the son of New York Mets executive vice president Jeff Wilpon and grandson of team owner Fred Wilpon, allowed one earned run and struck out four in seven innings.
“The slider was working great and my command was great,” Waite said. “I only walked the one guy. When you’re keeping it in the zone, good things happen.”
Dalton said he could tell Waite had his pitches working early.
“We were able to start kids off with it,” Dalton said. “They were totally off balance. He had great control of it. And his confidence was way up, which is always a plus.”
All Waite needed was just a little run support, which finally came in the fifth inning.
Waite led off the inning with a single and went to second on a bloop hit by Peter Shu. After a single by Matthew Crowley loaded the bases with nobody out, Luke Cappellano broke a scoreless game with a sacrifice-fly to center.
Shu later scored when Brunswick failed to turn a double play.
Waite worked out of a jam in the sixth when Brunswick put runners on second and third. He retired the side in the seventh to end it.
Waite threw 91 pitches, 60 for strikes and was consistently ahead of hitters.
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