Sawyer's arm leads Westport to victory
Published 10:30 pm, Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Westport Senior Legion baseball team improved its record to 8-10 with a 6-2 home win over 3-13 Fairfield on Monday afternoon.
"I think it was a good overall win and everyone stepped it up," Westport designated hitter David Speer, who walked twice and scored a run, said.
Westport righty pitcher Erik Sawyer led the way for the team with a strong outing on the mound. He pitched a complete game and only allowed two runs. "He threw a lot of pitches for strikes, said left fielder Brendan Bernstein. "He pitched really well."
Sawyer said, "I was throwing a lot of strikes and my curveball was good. My defense played well behind me."
This was his third straight quality outing and he's establishing himself as a force on the mound.
"This was the first time I felt comfortable," Sawyer said.
Bernstein shined at the plate for Westport, going 1-3 with an RBI in the first to get the team off to a good start. The game was 2-1 Fairfield in the fifth before Westport broke the game open with a five run fifth inning. "Our hitting finally came together," said Bernstein. "And it was nice to have a clean game in the field."
Fairfield is a team made up of players from Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Ludlowe, Joel Barlow and the Hopkins School, so it admittedly is still developing its team chemistry as it tries to improve through summer ball. On top of that, the team is still young; on this under-19 summer team, 15 of the 18 players will return to high school next year. Tyler Colby calls the team "full of young talent" in what Fairfield Coach Ed Conway says is a "transition year." "We need to up our run production," said Colby.
"Our goal is to make our players better," said Conway. "Next year we should win some more games and do some damage in the state playoffs."
Colby, who graduated from Joel Barlow in the spring, had quite the game yesterday, hitting two for three with a double and a triple.
"Colby is a hell of a hitter," said Conway. "He was the real player who stuck out for us with the bat today."
Westport will need to win six of its last nine games to make the postseason.
"Hopefully we can go on a streak and make the playoffs," said Bernstein.
Sawyer said, "I hope we can go on a run and make the playoffs."
Speer said, "We have a winnable stretch of games coming up and we hope to go on a winning streak and make the playoffs."