Softball: Defense must tighten up

softballA late comeback attempt fell a couple of runs short for the Weston High varsity softball team when it visited Stratford.

The Trojans were down by five after four innngs last Wednesday April 12. While they did score seven over the next two frame they could not keep their opponent under wraps, losing a 10-8 decision.

Stratford took an early lead with the help of some defensive troubles on Weston’s part. Three Trojans errors helped the Red Devils score a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning and another three in the second to go up 5-0.

The visitors got on the board in the top of the third with one run only to have Stratford get it back in the next and it remained a five-run game after four innings. Weston’s most productive inings were still ahead of it however.

A three-run fifth made it 6-4 but the Red Devils answeree in the bottom of the inning and Weston was back in the hole with two innnings left to go. Such did not stop it from becoming a serious threat, however.

Rallying for four runs in the top of the sixth the Trojans again came to within two and were on the verge of at least tying it in the top of the seven. They had the bases loaded with two outs when a key defensive play cut short a potential rally and ended the game.

Several player had big offensive days for Weston. Julia Rogers had four hits, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Shelby Merberg had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI

Devon Brostoff had a hit and drove in three runs. Natalie Hassett had a hit, two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases. Staci Goldstein had two hits and two RBI. Emily Abrams also had two hits and threw a runner out at the plate.

Pitcher Olivia Tartaglia struck out four and walked five. Only five of the 10 runs she surrendered were earned.

Shaky defense was also a problem for the Trojans when they hosted Bunnell the next day. They did not threaten this time and were held to just four hits in a 14-0 shutout.

Weston committed five errors. The Bulldogs did their most damage in the second and third innings, scoring six and seven runs respectively.

Natalie Hassett, Merberg, Rogers and Abrams all had singles for Weston.

Tartaglia struck out one and walked nine. Once again, she surrendered only five earned runs.

Weston, 2-3, hosts Newtown today (Thursday) at 3 p.m., goes to Masuk on Friday at 4:15 and has a rematch with Stratford at home on Monday, also at 4:15.

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