The Weston Warriors seven- and eight-year-old travel baseball team ended the season Sunday against Rowayton. The Warriors, who had lost their four previous games, were hoping to get back to the winning ways from earlier in the season.
While the Warriors did get off to a good start offensively their bats quieted down latter in the contest. In the meantime their opponents came back for a 12-9 win.
Weston got off to a quick 8-1 lead, scoring three runs in the first inning and five in the second. Walks in the first frame by Logan Lee, Tyler Schiffer and Will Pocsik, an RBI fielder’s choice by Aidan O’Neill and a double by Will Harris got Weston on the board.
In the bottom of the first, Rory McCarthy threw three strikeouts, holding Rowayton to one run. In the top of the second singles by A.J. Derene, Tyler Schiffer, Ethan Sacchetta and Pocsik, interspersed with walks by Mason Hawver and Logan Lee scored the inning maximum five runs for Weston.
After the second inning, Weston’s bats were quieted, and Rowayton’s came to life. However, some key defensive plays kept the Warriors in the game.
In the bottom of the third, McCarthy caught a pop fly in left center field, and O’Neill struck out two batters to hold Rowayton to two runs in the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pocsik caught a line drive hit in left field for the third out with the bases loaded, to hold Rowayton to two more runs.
Weston got no runs in the top of the fifth, despite a walk by O’Neill and a long single by Ben Hemmers. In the bottom of the inning, two catches by Harris at first base and McCarthy at second again kept Rowayton’s run production to two in the inning.
Down 12-8, the Warriors had one last chance in the top of the fifth. Derene walked, Lee singled, and Sacchetta hit a long double to score one run, cutting the deficit to three. That is as close as the Warriors would get, however.
This game was the culmination of a great season for 7-8 year old travel baseball in Weston. The team had many on the field successes, often against teams from much larger towns.