Greenwich's Casey Gaynor has been named MSG Varsity's male FCIAC Athlete of the Week for April 16-21 by a panel of athletic directors and MSG Varsity reporters. Gaynor fired a one-hit shutout in the Cardinals’ 4-0 victory over Brien McMahon and ace Bryan Daniello last Wednesday. The senior righty struck out five in six innings, and the hit he surrendered was a bloop single to centerfield to leadoff the fourth inning. After the hit, Gaynor retired the next nine hitters for the win. Greenwich has won its first 11 games to begin the season. Gaynor is aiming to continue his career at Elon University, which he will attend as recruited walk-on.
What's your biggest athletic goal for 2012?
Gaynor: "To win FCIACs and then get on a long run in the state tournament."
Who is your favorite teammate and why?
Gaynor: "When I'm pitching Dylan Callahan is our shortstop and I literally feel he'll make a play on any groundball hit near him. When he pitches on a Monday, I'll try to one-up him on Wednesday."
What's the best piece of advice you've received?
Gaynor: "Coach (Mike) Mora tells us you're never as good as you think, or as bad as you think, so that helps keep things in perspective during the season."
Which athlete is your biggest influence?
Gaynor: "Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants. I love his demeanor on the mound, and I've heard some great stories."
What's your proudest accomplishment away from the game?
Gaynor: "I'd say getting my acceptance letter from Elon. It feels great to have that settled, and just be able to focus on the rest of the season."