Baseball: Weston makes Class M semifinals

The Weston High baseball team is on the road to the state Class M championships.

Playing a high-tension gauntlet of three tournament games last week, the 10th-seeded Trojans did not skip a beat in the first round, doubling Suffield’s score at 6-3 at home on Tuesday, May 29. Coincidentally, the Trojans also outscored the competition by a 2-1 margin the next day n their second round contest, upsetting seventh-seeded host North Branford 8-4.

 

Although Sufffield had an 8-5 advantage in hits it was quality over quantity that mattered and the Trojans made better use of theirs. Many players brought in one run each, including Jim Sanzone, Greg Kaeser (one RBI), Justin Resnick (one RBI), Tyler Hasset (one RBI), Ethan Lee-Tyson, and Asher Lee-Tyson (three hits, including a double).

Additionally, Weston pulled out all the stops on the field, stealing a total of six bases. Hasset led the blitz with three steals, while Sanzone and Resnick backed their team with two and one, respectively.

Starting pitcher Ethan Lee-Tyson struck out nine Suffield batters.

The North Branford game unfurled in a similar fashion as Ethan Lee-Tyson and Charlie Ameer propelled Weston forward with two runs each. Greg Kaeser nailed four RBI including three in the top of the fifth inning.

With the base loaded Kaeser delivered a single to bring them all in as the hosts increase their lead to 7-0. North Branford scored all of its four runs in the bottom of the frame but Weston was still in good shape, scoring one more time in the seventh on Kaeser’s sacrifice fly.

Ameer pitched a complete game, striking out six and walking four with four hits. Although North Branford scored four runs, only one was earned.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, the quarterfinal game at Ellington was pushed back a day. That did not deter Weston from upsetting the second-seeded Knights 2-1.

A close contest, it featured Ellington scoring early with their lone run in the bottom of the first. Weston brought in two runs at the top of fourth with Kaeser and Max Molinsky driving in runs. The former also scored one, as did Ameer.

What was not close, however, was pitcher Ameer’s high strikeout count, as he fanned 11 Ellington batters.

The Trojans’ advancement to the semifinals is an underdog story. Weston has not made it that far in more than a decade, and in recent years have often lost in the first or second round of the tournament. It has yet to appear in a Class M championship.

Should the Trojans defeat 11th-seeded Plainville they will meet either Haddam-Killingworth or St. Joseph at Palmer Field in Middletown either Friday or Saturday at a time to be determined.

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