Seven- and eight-year-olds: Bats awaken for Warriors

It seemed like the Weston Warriors seven- and eight-year-old travel baseball team was suffering from a post-July 4th sluggishness early in its game against Stamford American on Saturday, July 7.

The Warriors trailed 5-0 after the top of the first inning. But thanks to some solid pitching and defense that was all the runs they would give up for the rest of the day as they bounced back for a 6-5 win in a nail-biter at Bisceglie Park.

The Warriors hung in to keep the score 5-0 going into the bottom of the third with special thanks to Hayden Bilifield, who grabbed two hit line drives. Ben Hemmers and Aidan O’Neill also recorded outs to prevent Stamford American from getting on the scoreboard again.

With two outs in the bottom of the third Weston got a rally started with a moral boosting single from Edward Kim, followed with singles by Gus Bachner, Logan Lee, Matthew Schreder, A.J. Derene, Hemmers and Rory McCarthy cut the lead to 5-4.

Weston went on to add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lee was hit by a pitch and the Warriors followed with timely hitting and smart base running to take the lead 6-5 going into the fifth inning.

The fifth inning again was all defense. Stamford had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the sixth when a well hit ground ball was caught and run to third base by Will Harris to end the game.

McCarthy, Will Harris, Ethan Sacchetta and Derene all pitched for Weston.

The Warriors were down early, with North Stamford going up 7-0 in the first two innings at home on Sunday. A team performance brought them back to salvage a 10-10 tie.

In the bottom of the third, Weston got on the board with consecutive singles by Schreder, McCarthy, O’Neill, Will Pocsik, Bilifield, Harris, and Sacchetta. The Warriors scored the maximum five runs that inning.

North Stamford scored three more runs in the fourth before McCarthy pitched a shutout inning in the fifth. Going into the bottom of the sixth, the Warriors were down 10-5. Harris, Sacchetta and Tyler Schiffer all walked, followed by a double by Derene to bring two runs home. Schreder and McCarthy singled, and an RBI by O’Neill to tie the game.

Schiffer and Will Pocsik made key catches of line drive hits with players on base. Bachner played two innings at catcher. Hemmers made a key play at third base to prevent a run from scoring. Lee hit two singles

The Warriors, now 2-0-1, host Ridgefield on Saturday.

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