What appeared to have the makings of a high-scoring contest soon turned into a pitcher’s duel when the Weston High varsity softball team hosted Oxford.
Nearly all the scoring was confined to the first inning. The two teams scored but one run between them the rest of the way with Oxford holding on for a 4-2 win on Friday, May 11.
Despite the loss, Weston put up a tough fight against the Wolverines. Oxford seized a 3-2 lead in the first inning and brought in another run at the fifth.
“Before the game I was a little concerned,” said Weston coach Dave Lustberg. “Oxford’s had a series of low-scoring wins this season, and their pitcher is known for being difficult to hit.”
However, the Trojans did get some hits off Oxford freshman Ashley Buillette, who struck out 12. Weston managed four hits, just two less than its opponent.
“We played competitive softball,” said Lustberg. “I’m proud of the way the girls held their ground.”
Natalie Hassett had two of Weston’s four total hits. Kaidy Wollman also had a hit and scored a run on a wild pitch.
Sofia Santacaterina had an RBI and Julia Rogers scored a run, pinch-running for Kat Fischer. Sami Briggs nailed Weston’s other hit.
Fischer, who pitched the full game, struck out five and gave up no walks.
Traveling to Notre Dame of Fairfield the following day, Weston came up with only two more hits than in its previous contest for a total of six. However, it made them count in a 14-1 victory in a game that was stopped after five innings due to the 12-run rule.
The win also stopped a nine-game losing streak for Weston.
The Trojans essentially put things out of reach in the first inning by scoring nine runs. They added two more in the second before the Lancers ended the shutout in the third with their only run as they trailed 11-1.
Weston’s last three runs came in the top of the fourth and the game was called after five frames as the hosts failed to score again.
Starting pitcher Fischer struck out two in two innings of work and did not allow a hit. Kelsey Sacane relieved her in the third and struck out three while walking two and surrendering one hit. The former also helped her cause offensively with three hits and three RBI.
Devon Brostoff had six putouts and first base. She also led the offense with a hit, two walks, two runs, and two RBI. As the game’s score leader, Shelby Merberg brought in three runs and four assists, playing aggressive defense at shortstop and third base. Fischer had three hits, two runs, a double, and three RBI, while Kaidy Wollman had a hit, three walks, two runs and an RBI.
Weston, now 3-12 overall, visits Oxford for a rematch on Thursday at 4 p.m. and ends the season on Tuesday at Shepaug Valley at 4:15.