Softball: Trojans struggle to bring in runs

Weston High’s Rachel Spencer awaits the throw at third base during a varsity softball game  against Newtown last Thursday, April 18. Weston lost 11-0, fell 16-1 to Pomperaug three days earlier and got shut out 14-0 by Masuk on Friday.—Scott Mullin

Weston High’s Rachel Spencer awaits the throw at third base during a varsity softball game against Newtown last Thursday, April 18. Weston lost 11-0, fell 16-1 to Pomperaug three days earlier and got shut out 14-0 by Masuk on Friday.—Scott Mullin

What was probably the toughest week of the season was reflected on the scoreboard for the Weston High softball team.

Within a five-day stretch the Trojans took on three of the better teams in the South-West Conference. Runs were few as they managed to score just one overall.

That one came when they visited Pomperaug on Monday, April 15. They managed to break the shutout in their last at bat before losing 16-1 in a game stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.

The Panthers went to work early at the plate, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first frame and another three in the second. They did the most damage in the fourth, however, plating seven.

The Trojans scored their lone run in the top of the fifth when Staci Goldstein drove in Emily Goldberg.

Each had one hit for Weston, as did Natalie Hassett, Shelby Merberg, Julia Rogers and Devon Brostoff. Hassett also had four putouts in center field.

Pitcher Olivia Tartaglia gave up nine hits and seven walks.

Hosting Newtown three days later, Weston did scatter a number of hits but could not bring the runners home in what resulted in an 11-0 loss.

Undefeated in SWC play, the Nighthawks had a big six-run second inning, which helped them go up 7-0 and they never looked back.

Despite getting shut out, the Trojans had five hits. Hassett, Merberg, Lucy Chestler, Rogers and Brostoff all had one apiece. Rogers also had four putouts in left field and Brostoff had nine at first base.

Tartaglia struck out one, walked five and gave up nine hits.

Weston had the most difficulty on Friday when it visited Masuk. Panther pitcher Tatum Buckley threw a no-hitter to lead her team to a 14-0 win in another game shortened to four-and-a-half  innings.

Masuk, which scored four runs in the bottom of the first frame, added at least two in each of its three turns, pounding out 14 hits.

Weston, now 2-5 overall, hosts Bethel today, is at Brookfield on Monday and goes to Notre Dame on Wednesday. All games begin at 4:15 p.m.

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