Playing without its full roster, the Westport Senior Legion team, lost to Bridgeport 10-5 Tuesday at Staples High School in a game riddled with Westport errors, allowed stolen bases, and men left on base.

In the bottom of the first with Bridgeport leading 1-0, Alex Gandolfo scored the first run for Westport. With Gandolfo on third and David Speer on first, Speer took off for second and got caught in a rundown, and avoided the tag long enough for Gandolfo to score. Gandolfo would score another run for Westport in the second when a teammate bunted and Bridgeport overthrew it into center field, which allowed him to score to tie it 2-2.

The game was still tied 2-2 entering the fourth inning when Bridgeport took a two-run lead with a couple of RBI singles on Westport pitcher Matt Reynolds. Alex Bauer, who was called up from Junior Legion, also pitched.

In the seventh inning, with Bridgeport leading 10-4, and Bauer now at the plate, Westport's offense finally woke up. Bauer knocked home a runner to put the score at 10-5. Then, with the bases loaded, two outs, and a chance for a comeback, Brendan Bernstein grounded out to third to end the game.

The story of the game for Westport was sloppiness in the field and missed opportunities at the plate. Westport pitchers could hardly be blamed for the 10 runs, as Westport committed eight errors and allowed 12 stolen bases. Despite the defensive blunders, Westport gave itself a chance to win the game with many base runners, but didn't take advantage as it stranded 16.

Westport was of course short four starters in Ben Lipper, Colin McCarthy, Mikey Scott, and Mike Rustemeyer, who had other commitments to attend to. "We were shorthanded today," said Speer.

Ryan Burke, another starter, is out for the year after injuring his ACL playing football in the Staples Blue and White game.

"We did the best we could with who we were missing," said Westport Coach Wayne Rondazzo. "We played up to where we could play."

One highlight at the plate for Westport was Austin Mills, who doesn't see many at bats because he's a pitcher by trade, played right field Tuesday. In what was one of his first plate appearances in over a year, Mills drove a pitch to right center field for a double.

"Our bats stayed alive the whole game," said Mills. "But in the field we made a few errors."

Westport dropped to 7-10 and will need to win seven of its remaining 10 games in order to make the State playoffs.

"Bridgeport had a lot of key hits, and they just outplayed us today," said Speer.

Westport hosts Darien tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Staples in a doubleheader and Fairfield on Monday at 5:30 p.m.