Nine-and-under baseball: Hot hitting propels Weston

FI-baseballAJ Derene drove in four runs, sparking the Weston under-nine baseball tournament team to a 9-6 victory in six innings over host Stamford eight-and-nine on Tuesday, July 29.

He doubled in the fourth inning.

The lead stayed with Weston after the first inning, when it scored three runs on a two-run double by Ethan Sacchetta and on a fielder’s choice.

Weston tallied one run in each of the second, third and fifth. In the second, Zach Zeldon scored on an RBI single by Tyler Schiffer.

After pushing across one run in the bottom of the second, Stamford faced a 4-1 deficit. It scored two in the bottom of the fourth on a double to make it 8-3. A two-run double triggered Stamford’s comeback. Schiffer ended the inning by striking out the last batter.

Another Stamford run in the bottom of the fifth made it 9-4 deficit. It scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut its deficit to three before a ground out ended the game.

The bats were busy at Norwalk on Wednesday. When the dust cleared, Weston had a 23-12 win over Norwalk eight-and-nine in five innings.

The teams totaled 24 hits, including four for extra bases.

Fifteen runs in the first three innings allowed Weston to easily put away the game. A steal of home by Kyle Barry, a two-run single by Sacchetta, an RBI single by Aidan McCarthy, and a walk by Aidan O’Neill in the first inning got things started. Barry hit an RBI single in the next frame, an error, a walk by Sachetta, and a two-run single by Derene supplied the early offense for Weston.

Weston easily handled Norwalk pitching as seven hitters combined for 16 hits, 16 RBI and 19 runs scored. Barry went a perfect three-for-three at the plate for Weston.

Norwalk scored four runs in the bottom of the second, cutting the lead 10-4 deficit. An RBI single, a two-run error, and a passed ball gave Norwalk before Sachetta struck out the last batter to end the inning.

Weston tacked on another five runs in the third. Derene scored O’Neill for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Kieran McGuire’s single, scoring Stephen Polizzi, who stole home in the next inning for another run

Norwalk cored five runs in the bottom of the fourth on an error, a passed ball, two walks (one with the bases loaded) and an RBI single.

That was as close as it came as Weston built upon its lead with seven runs in the fifth. A sacrifice fly scored McCarthy for the first run. That was followed up by O’Neill’s double, plating Dylan Delaney.

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