Baseball: Trojans advance in playoffs

FI-baseballThe final week of the regular season served as sort of a preview of the South-West Conference playoffs for the Weston High varsity baseball team.

The No 1 seed, Weston twice played New Fairfield, a team they would face in the quarterfinals. If the trend continues the Trojans should be in good shape, as they won both times.

The first came on Tuesday, May 14. A close contest eventually became a rout as the Trojans made use of two big innings for a 12-2 win.

With a run in each of the first and third innings the hosts clung to a 2-0 lead but the Rebels answered in the fourth and fifth frames to tie it. The best was still ahead for the Trojans, however, as they took advantage of a number of walks and got the hits they needed for four runs in the fifth. Six more in the sixth all but sealed the win.

Both Adam Parks and Tyler Hassett had two hits. Each also drove in a pair of runs and scored one as well. Justin Resnick and Jared Weisman each had three RBI.

Charlie Ameer pitched a complete game for Weston. He struck out nine and walked three while scattering four hits.

Before taking on the Rebels again Weston hosted Immaculate the following day for what became a pitcher’s duel. The Trojans eventually broke the stalemate with a run in the sixth, which was enough for a 1-0 win.

Weston’s Greg Kaeser and Immaculate’s Tom Zielinski threw shutout ball for five-and-a-half innings. In the bottom of the sixth Weisman’s sacrifice fly brought in Chris Jepsen for the only run of the game.

Kaeser pitched six innings for the win. Asher Lee-Tyson relieved him in the seventh for the save.

They had strong defense to back them up, including 12 put outs by Hassett at first base.

Weston did not have to wait long for a rematch against New Fairfield, visiting their opponent on Thursday. Things were much closer this time as Weston scored two late runs for a 4-2 win.

The visitors went up in the top of the first and the Rebels evened it up in their half of the third. It remained 2-2 until the top of the seventh when Weston tacked on two more and then held off the hosts for the win.

Krishna Lal had two hits for Weston and drove in two runs. Asher Lee-Tyson also had two hits, including a double, and scored a run.

August Ratte pitched a complete game for Weston , striking out two and waking one.

It was back in early April that Weston suffered its lone loss to an SWC opponent, coming against Bunnell. The Trojans were looking for some payback in a rematch on Friday but wound up on the short side of a 3-2 score in Stratford. The loss ended their winning streak at 14 games.

The host Bulldogs went up 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth but the Trojans got one back in their next turn. Two more runs in the sixth gave them the lead.

Bunnell would not go quietly in its last turn. After scoring the tying run, it loaded the bases and then drew a walk for the game-winner.

Both Lal and Hassett (one double) had two hits for Weston and drove in a run.

Starting pitcher Alex McGrath struck out two and walked four.

The Trojans would go three for three against New Fairfield in the semifinals on Monday. A big fourth inning was what they needed in a 6-3 win.

Asher Lee-Tyson had two hits for Weston and scored two runs. He also pitched a complete game, striking out six and walking three.

Ethan Lee-Tyson had three hits and scored a run and Weisman drove in three runs.

Notes: Weston defeated Notre Dame of Fairfield 3-0 in the semifinals on Tuesday and will play Pomperaug in the championship Friday at 3 p.m. at Penders Field in Stratford.

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