Weston baseball heads to quarters
Published 3:25 pm, Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Weston baseball team is going where no Trojans' squad has ever gone in the past -- the state quarterfinals.
advanced to play at No. 2 seed Ellington in the quarterfinals on Saturday at a time to be determined.
"It's very exciting," said Ameer, a junior who already has made a verbal commitment to play college baseball at St. John's of the Big East Conference. "It's the first time in Weston history that we've gotten past the second round, so it's a big win."
Weston also reached the second round two years ago before losing to Enfield 10-2 in the first round last year.
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"It's definitely a great feeling to be making history within our school baseball program," said Molinksy, who also had an RBI in Wednesday's contest. "It's pretty incredible because we have such a young team but we also have a very skilled team and we believe in ourselves."
Molinsky credits coach Frank Fedeli and his staff for establishing high expectations at the start of the season.
"We're very happy," Molinsky added," but we're not satisfied."
After the Trojans finished 9-12 last season, Fedeli wanted his players to believe that this year was going to be different.
"They bought in," he said. "They are working with what we have. They practice hard and I'm glad they are feeding off it. You have to start believing."
Ameer improved to 8-2, allowing four runs -- only one earned -- and three hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
"I pitched pretty well," he said," but most of it was the defense today. I've used my defense all year, pitch to contact and use the defense."
The postseason success Weston has enjoyed has come following a year in which the Trojans were unable to play on their varsity field because it is under construction. Instead, they used the JV field for their home contests.
The Trojans earned the right to host an SWC playoff game for the first time in program history but because their JV field wasn't playable following last week's heavy rains, the contest had to be moved to New Milford and Weston suffered a 5-4 loss.
The Trojans rebounded with a 6-3 victory over No. 23 Suffield in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday.
"It's what you work for," Fedeli said of reaching the round of eight. "Hopefully, it doesn't end here."
Weston grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning Wednesday as Jim Sanzone's suicide squeeze scored Ethan Lee-Tyson and Molinsky delivered an RBI single with two outs. In the third, Ethan Lee-Tyson scored again on Ameer's groundout.
The Trojans tacked on four runs in the fifth on Tyler Hassett's bases-loaded walk and Kaeser's bases-clearing single.
Trailing 7-0, North Branford tried to rally, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
According to Molinsky, that gave the Trojans "a little bit of a scare but we stayed positive and didn't want to let them back in the game."
Weston tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on Kaeser's sacrifice fly.
After an 18-2 regular season, Ellington earned a first-round bye before beating No. 15 Stonington 6-1 on Wednesday.
Molinsky feels the Trojans are well prepared to play the Knights after facing larger schools in the SWC such as Newtown, Pomperaug and New Milford.