A late rally came up short for the Weston High varsity baseball team when it hosted Newtown.
The Trojans trailed by eight runs going into their last at-bat on Monday, April 9. While they did threaten to turn the tables on their opponent, Newtown escaped with its lead intact for an 11-7 win.
The Nighthawks would do most of the damage in the second inning. Between several walks and hits it scored several runs despite errorless defense by Weston, which trailed 7-3 after two frames.
Scoring two more runs in the fourth and another pair in the sixth, the Nighthawks were up 11-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. Refusing to go quietly, the Trojans rallied for four runs before the game ended.
Ethan Lee-Tyson had two hits for Weston, including a triple. He also scored three times and drove in a run. Max Molinsky had two runs batted in (RBI), as did Jared Weisman. Tyler Hassett (two hits) and Asher Lee-Tyson drove in a run apiece.
Starting pitcher August Ratté struck out one and walked five in taking the loss. Ben Roth, Morgan Rosemann and Asher Lee-Tyson also pitched.
Visiting New Faifield two days later, the Trojans used effective pitching from the start and also had some timely hitting in holding on for a 4-3 win.
In the fourth inning, a double from Greg Kaeser led to two RBIs, bringing the score to 2-0. Fresh off the heels of Kaeser’s double, Austin Delaney pulled in an RBI in the top of the fourth..
A sacrificial hit by Asher Lee-Tyson brought Ethan Lee-Tyson to second base at the top of the seventh. The latter wasted no time from there, stealing third soon after a foul ball, and darting home as New Fairfield’s catcher struggled to control a wild pitch sent flying into the dirt. While New Fairfield managed to pull in its last at-bat, Ethan Lee-Tyson’s dash to home sealed Weston as the game’s victor. Tyson’s run edged Weston from a narrow 3-2 to a more comfortable 4-2 lead.
It was a long seventh inning for both teams. Between a pitcher substitution for New Fairfield and an attempt to rally from the home team, Weston had a brief lapse as the Rebels brought in a run with an opening triple. Ultimately, however, the Rebels’ efforts weren’t enough to snatch the lead from Weston by the end of the final inning.
Ameer scattered five hits with eighth strikeouts and three walks in a complete game performance.
Now 3-2, Weston hosts Bunnell on Friday, is at Newtown on Monday and is home to Masuk on Wednesday. All games start at 4:15.