Eight- and nine-year-olds: Weston advances in tournament

After losing its first game 11-1 to Black Rock the Weston eight- and nine-year-old “super nine” travel baseball blue team did an about face in the Monroe Little League Tournament, which includes 14 teams from the area.

Weston won consecutive victories this past weekend, including a 13-1 rout of Seymour on Friday. E.J. Klatt pitched two and two thirds innings for the win.

Nicholas Sacchetta pitched solid relief over three innings and Myles Lehrman recorded the final out for the victory. Dante Esposito and Jackson Davies provided the power with RBI doubles during an eight-run fifth inning.

The next day Weston showed resiliency in coming from behind to defeat Stratford 7-6 in a well-contested game. After giving up five runs in the first inning, Esposito settled down and pitched well in the second and third frames.

Weston broke through with one run in the third, three in the fourth, and three in the fifth to take the lead. Andrew Castro, Luke Dionian and Sacchetta provided the spark during the rally with clutch hitting and base running.

Andrew Amato’s single brought home Dionian on what came to be the winning run.

Joshua Handel pitched three innings in relief, recording his first victory. With the tying run on third in the bottom of the sixth, shortstop Klatt speared a sharply-hit line drive and delivered a quick throw to third baseman Sacchetta for a game-ending double play to seal the victory.

“The team never gave up after a tough first inning,” said Weston coach Nathan Klatt. “The hustle and base running proved to be the difference. After the first inning, Dante and Joshua were focused on the mound and held them to just one run. The play to end the game by E.J. and Nicholas was remarkable, and we’ll be talking about that one for a long time.”

Weston continues play in the Monroe Tournament this week. A victory against North End would secure a spot in the first round of a single elimination playoff round on Saturday.

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