Nine- and 10-year-olds: One run decides losses

An extra hit here or there could have made a difference for the Weston nine- and 10-year-old baseball team in the district tournament.

While Weston lost four games, three were decided by a mere run, including contests against Darien National (8-7), Darien American (7-6) and Wilton (6-5). Weston’s other loss was against Stamford Federal (9-4).

“The kids played fantastic,” said head coach Sean Lyon. “They were great games. Unfortunately we came out on the short end.”

Jack McStocker, Noah Haberman, Robbie Constantine, Sean Lyon and Jake Derene all had strong pitching efforts.

Haberman, Lyon, Jack Tunney, Myles Bochanis, Derene, Constantine and Jack Potash had hits. Lucas Connelly, Ryan Unangst, Dan Ielusic and Steve Marshalko all scored runs.

Weston had better luck at the start of its next two tournaments, winning the opener in each one. Traveling to Naugatuck on Saturday, July 8, It started the P.J. Foley Tournament with an 11-6 victory over Trumbull American.

“We had some great pitching,” said Lyon. “We also had some great hitting. It was basically a well-rounded game.”

McStocker threw the first four innings and finished with a 9-0 lead. Although Trumbull threatened later on Lyon came closed out the game for the save.

Haberman, Lyon and Constantine all had key hits for Weston.

It was the first game of a doubleheader of sorts that day for Weston, which later traveled to Stamford to start the Jerry LaMatta Invitational. Weston had plenty left over for a 12-3 win over National Leone.

Constantine, Mile Bochanis and Derene handled the pitching duties. Unangst had an extra-base hit off the fence and Tunney had two hits for Weston, which faces Stamford Federal today (Thursday).

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