Weston High’s Charlie Ameer admitted he had gotten little sleep in the days leading up to and including the South-West Conference baseball championship.
A senior and team captain, he was so excited about the game he estimated he had gotten only about 10 hours worth in three days. Yet he showed no signs of tiring on Sunday, May 27.
Ameer pitched all seven innings, allowing only one hit, striking out 12 batters and walking only one as the Trojans defeated Pomperaug 7-0 at Penders Field in Stratford. It was Weston’s first SWC baseball championship since the league formed in 1995.
“I’ve been so amped up for this game,” said Ameer, who will play for St. John’s University next year. “I wanted to put a banner up in that basketball gym and that’s exactly what we did.”
Originally scheduled for Thursday, May 23, the game was postponed twice due to rain. The eager Trojans jumped on the Panthers in the bottom of the first inning as singles by Asher Lee-Tyson, Ethan Lee-Tyson and Ameer loaded the bases. After a sacrifice fly by Tyler Hassett to bring plate one run, Justin Resnick capped off the inning with a bases clearing triple to give the Trojans an early 4-0 lead.
“I hit it hard, so once I saw it land in the gap, I knew it was going to take off on the turf,” said Resnick. “You can always feel really comfortable with a lead and Charlie on the mound.”
The early rally was more than enough for Ameer (9-1) to lead the Trojans to victory. He went the distance, retiring the Panthers with ease utilizing a sizzling fastball and a devastating curveball.
Ameer, who was named MVP for the tournament, went the distance with 96 pitches. The Panthers’ only hit came in the fifth inning on an infield single to shortstop in which the runner beat the throw to first base. They had only one ball reach the outfield, coming with one out in seventh.
“He came in and did his job,” said Weston coach Frank Fedeli. He joked that he wanted Weston Athletic Director Mark Berkowitz to hang up an SWC champion banner in the basketball gym first thing Monday morning.
Besides driving in three runs, Resnick also had two hits for Weston. Adam Parks also had two hits and scored a run. Ethan Lee-Tyson had three hits and scored twice.
Before getting to the championship the Trojans first had to get past Notre Dame of Fairfield in the semifinals last Tuesday, May 21. Once again their pitching dominated and they came up with a key hit for a 3-0 win to reach the title game.
Weston was kept off the board until the later innings. Last Tuesday’s game remained a pitchers’ duel with Greg Kaeser and Notre Dame’s Dillon Stimpson throwing shutout ball for the first five frames.
In the bottom of the sixth Weston broke the stalemate. Kaeser helped his cause at the plate with a bases-loaded triple to provide his team with all the offense it needed.
He finished with three hits. On the mound, he struck out six and walked three in five and a third innings for the win. Ameer took over in the sixth and got the save.
The Trojans do not have much time to savior their championship victory as they start the state Class M tournament this week as the fourth seed and try for another title.