Senior Legion baseball wins two of three to close the season
Updated 11:12 pm, Thursday, July 21, 2011
As '70s rocker Meat Loaf would say, "Two out of three ain't bad."
His hit song epitomizes how the Westport Senior Legion team closed out the season by winning two out of its last three games. Westport swept a doubleheader at home over Ridgefield, 4-3 and 10-8 on Saturday and closed the season at 8-19 and in ninth place out of 10 in Zone IV with a 3-1 loss at Fairfield.
"I was pleased with Saturday, we had really good pitching and hitting," Westport Coach Wayne Randazzo said. "Sunday could have been better. Austin Mills pitched well enough to win but we didn't hit behind him."
Westport was 5-5 in its last 10 games.
"We wanted to close out the year on a high note and did the bulk of our winning near the end of the year," Randazzo said. "I just wish we played better than .500 ball all year but we had kids who didn't have much experience going in and we had kids playing out of position."
Right-hander Alex Bauer pitched a complete game in the opener against Ridgefield. Bauer allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
"This is the second time I faced Ridgefield and I remember my curveball had them flailing and I stuck with it."
Ridgefield scored two runs in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead but Westport tied it with two in the bottom of the fifth. James Frusciante singled and stole second and Marco Romero walked. Jimmy Kopack singled in Frusciante and with two outs, Chris Speer singled in Romero to knot things at 3-3.
Speer also plated the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth and finished the game with three hits, including a double in the fourth inning. Kopack and Frusciante each had two hits and Nick Kiedaisch, Jonathan Friedman and Tom Cirillo each had a hit.
In the second game, Westport scored at least one run in every inning and had a 10-4 lead after six innings. The southpaw Speer pitched six innings for Westport and allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Frusciante, a right-hander, who isn't a pitcher by trade, finished the game for Westport on the hill.
Romero led the bats with three hits, including a home run over the left field fence and a double. Friedman had two hits, including a double and Alex Ludel also had two hits. Kiedaisch, Zach Mitchell, Frusciante and Tom Cirillo also had hits for Westport.
The right-handed Mills deserved a better fate Sunday. He allowed one run each in the first three innings, two were earned. Overall, he allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out four in six innings.
"I was throwing strikes but we didn't have the offense we needed," Mills said. "It wasn't the first time it happened and our bats weren't working that game."
In fact, Westport had its first base runner in the top of the fourth when Mitchell walked and Frusciante had its first hit of the game that inning. Westport had only two hits and scored its run on Friedman's RBI single in the fifth.
"Against Ridgefield, we wanted to sweep but against Fairfield, we tried to get everyone in," Bauer said. "We were tired from the doubleheader and played many games in a short time."
Errors were a problem on the season for Westport as it committed more than 75. Westport also had many players missing because of various commitments and had its whole lineup for only one game (a 10-1 loss to Norwalk).
"I think we could have done better," Randazzo said. "If the kids played during the year, we would have done better."
Bauer said, "We showed we have the potential to win but didn't have all the players we needed."
Mills said, "We were in a lot of close games. If the whole team showed up every game, we would have been 18-9."