The Weston softball team appears to be on the verge of turning the corner. Weston qualified for States for the second straight year (the team was 9-11 in 2009) and equaled its best regular season since 2005 with an 11-9 record, 11-10 overall, and showed many great signs on its journey to the Class M tournament.

"I was very happy that we got to reverse the scores from last year," Lady Trojans senior tri-captain Biz Harrigan said. "We were hoping to get to the second round of States."

Weston was the 22nd-seeded team in Class M and lost 5-4 under questionable circumstances at 11th-seeded Haddam-Killingworth (HK) in the first round. In this game, Lady Trojan senior tri-captain Anja Nickel apparently scored the tying run with no outs on Harrigan's grounder. HK's fielder threw high to the plate in an attempt to nail Nickel and although she touched the plate before the catcher tagged her, the umpire called her out.

"We definitely deserved to win the game and we should have won it," Nickel said. "I'm happy with what we did this year."

Senior tri-captain Julia Roth said, "You always want to win and keep going. It was an unfortunate way to end the season but I guess that's how the chips fell that day."

Freshman Kat Fischer gives Weston many reasons to be hopeful in the future. Fischer led the team in hitting (.515), triples (seven), home runs (four), an on-base percentage (OBP) of .534 and a slugging percentage of 1.015. She also led the team with 29 RBI, played third base and was the team's No. 2 pitcher.

"I was pretty happy with a lot of players," Nickel said. "I like our third baseman Kat Fischer and she helped carry the team. We lost some and we won some but the whole time, we had a positive attitude."

The righty Fischer had a 3.16 ERA and five complete games in six starts with one shutout. She struck out 45 and walked 23 batters -- one strikeout away from a 2-1 strikeouts to walks ratio. Next year, she will be the team's No. 1 pitcher as the lefty Harrigan brings her talents to the New England College mound in Henniker, N.H.

Harrigan had a 2.26 ERA and 14 complete games in 15 starts. The southpaw captain compiled a 9-6 record with 49 walks and 92 strikeouts.

"It's one of the strongest teams Weston has had and we didn't have any weaknesses," Harrigan said. "Everyone gave it their hardest no matter what situation we were in."

Nickel hit .446 with 14 RBI, eight doubles, seven stolen bases and an OBP of .514 and a slugging percentage of .600. Roth hit .375 with an OBP of .446 and a slugging percentage of .516. She had one homer, 17 RBI and six doubles.

"I was really happy with how we did," Roth said. "We love our coaches and they work hard. We pulled together and it's great to be a part of this team."

Sophomore Kaidy Wol-lman and senior Julia McDonald were sparkplugs on the bases for the Lady Trojans and were tied for the team lead in steals with nine each. Wollman hit .431 with most of her hits coming on bunts or slaps and had an OBP of .473. McDonald hit .339 with two doubles and an OBP of .426. Harrigan batted .312 with two doubles, two triples, 17 RBI, an OBP of .446 and a slugging percentage of .516.

Nickel, Harrigan, Roth and Fischer were selected to the All-Patriot Division team and McDonald was All-SWC Honorable Mention. Harrigan also played in the Senior Select All-Star game and hit a triple with an RBI and a run scored and received the Team Career award. Nickel was the Team MVP and Roth received the Coach's award.

Juniors Sam Fino and Rebecca Schwartz will be the captains next year. Fino and Schwartz are solid leaders and their predecessors are confident they will do a good job in leading the team.

"We kept setting the bar high every year and I hope they can continue the energy and keep it going," Roth said.

Nickel said, "I think they will be able to carry themselves even though they lose five girls [Sydney Carter is also a senior] at once. The returning girls are talented and they will do fine."

Harrigan said, "Next year's team has good captains and as long everyone comes back, it will work out. Kat is a very good pitcher and she'll get stronger and stronger."