Softball: First win becomes scoring festival

FI-softballIn one way the Weston High varsity softball team got some help from the competition in its season-opener last week.

Hosting Abbott Tech on Wednesday, April 3, the Trojans took advantage of 17 walks issued by their opponent. They also belted out 14 hits to start the season with a 27-12 win in a game that was stopped after six innings due to the mercy rule.

The Wolverines posed their biggest threat early. Making her first varsity start, Weston pitcher Olivia Tartaglia needed some time to settle down, issuing a number of walks in the first inning which Abbott Tech used to build a 6-0 lead.

Weston scored two in the next frame but had three big innings latter on, including an 11-run effort in the second to go ahead to stay. They also tacked on eight in the fourth.

Abbott Tech, which went scoreless over the third through fifth innings, made its last threat in the fifth with five, only to have the Trojans score six in their half of the inning to end the game early.

Devon Brostoff led the Weston offense with three hits, three runs scored and seven RBI. Staci Goldstein added three hits and five RBI. Julia Rogers was two for two with four walks, three RBI, two steals, a double and RBI.

Natalie Hassett had three hits, four runs and two RBI. Lucy Chestler scored three times. Anna Kimberly had a hit and two RBI and Shelby Merberg scored five runs.

Defensively, Rachel Spencer had three put-outs and four assists at third base. Brostoff had eight putouts at first.

Weston also had to respond when it fell trailed Notre Dame on Friday. The Trojans battled back, finishing the comeback in the sixth inning for a 10-9 win.

The visitors scored four runs in the top of the first inning but by the time the fourth arrived it was a 4-4 game. Both sides trades runs in each of the fifth and six innings and the Trojans took their first lead in the sixth with a four-run effort to go up 10-7. Anna Kimberly’s RBI double brought in the tying run and Julia Rogers also drove in a run on a squeeze bunt.

Notre Dame did threaten in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs and nearly had the tying run aboard with a double but Hassett got the ball and threw to the cutoff to Merberg, who threw to Chestler at third to nail the runner and end the game.

Rogers had three hits, drove in two runs and scored three for Weston. Brostoff had two hits, driving in three runs. Merberg had two hits, two RBI and scored a run.

Tartaglia got her second win in as many starts, striking out two and walking six with five strikeouts.

Hits were few when the Trojans visited Trinity Catholic of Stamford on Saturday, settling for only three. The hosts, on the other hand, had a big day with the bats and also took advantage of a number of walks for a 21-1 win in a game that was called after five innings.

Trinity Catholic went to work quickly with eight runs in the bottom of the second. Weston’s lone run came in the top of the next frame as Rachel Spencer drove in Emma Thompson.

After tacking on five more runs in the second, the hosts scored seven in the third and one more in the fourth.

Goldstein (double), Chestler and Rogers each had hits for Weston. It hosts Bunnell on Friday at 4:15 p.m. and goes to Pomperaug on Monday at 10 a.m.

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