The Weston eight- and nine-year-old blue travel baseball team Blue Team surprised many when it ran a string of upset victories in the Monroe Tournament, finally being stopped 12-7 by a strong Trumbull team in the championship last Friday, July 13, at Beardsley Field.
The Weston squad fought from behind the entire game, chipping away at a big early deficit. In the final inning, with loaded bases and the tying run on deck, Andrew “Contact” Castro ripped a long line drive which may well have been enough to get Weston the opportunity to win yet another big playoff game, but the Trumbull center fielder made a game-saving diving catch and turned it into a game-ending double play.
“Our boys shouldn’t be happy about ever losing, but they sure should be proud today,” coach Seve Esposito said. “In their first ever taste of tournament play, going against 14 teams from towns much larger than ours, and after losing the first game of the tournament, this run has been amazing. I think these boys are convinced that as long as they stick by the team concept they can play with anybody. I know I’m convinced.”
Weston stormed into the championship game of the Monroe Tournament with a 14-10 victory over the powerful Fairfield National team in the semifinals four days earlier.
Myles Lehrman pitched four innings and Nicholas Sacchetta came in to close out the game with two consecutive ground ball force outs to third base with the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate.
A multi-hit game for Andrew Amato and a long double by Johnny Cassol helped the offense, but it was Weston’s smart and aggressive base running that kept Fairfield off balance the entire game.
The home plate umpire admired the Weston team after the win, calling it “the surprise team of the playoffs.” Esposito likes the underdog role, but wants to change the thinking.
“As much as I like to be the underdog, these boys are working hard to help change the culture here and the impression of what Weston baseball is all about,” he said. “The program in this town is thriving, and our boys are doing their part to make sure the next time one of our teams makes a big run, no one is surprised.”
Weston now goes back to its Fairfield County Friendship League games for the balance of the month.