STAMFORD — The Weston Little League team was reeling after losing its opening game of pool play last week.
That feeling did not last long as Weston rallied to not only make it out of pool play but finish on top of Pool B.
Weston kept it rolling Friday night at Scalzi Park, beating Stamford American 3-2 in the playoff round.
The win moves Weston to 2-0 after it also beat Stamford North on Wednesday while Stamford American falls to 0-1.
Weston will play the winner of the nightcap between Stamford North and Wilton next week while Stamford American gets the loser of that game.
Weston did it Friday with excellent starting pitching from Aidan Forrest and one big swing of the bat in the first inning by Stephen Polizzi.
“It’s amazing that this is all coming together and these kids are starting to play some really good baseball,” Weston coach Steve Polizzi said. “Aidan’s stuff was electric today. His pitch count got a little higher than we wanted it to because of a few errors and we need to lock those things down. But (Forrest) was rolling today and we feel good with him on the mound.”
Forrest had to exit the game with two out in the top of the fifth because he hit his pitch limit, having allowed just three hits, relying mainly on his off-speed pitches to keep Stamford off balance.
“Not really my fastball but my curveball was working well,” Forrest said. “It feels good to win the first two and I think we’re going to win.”
Dylan Delaney came on in relief, retiring the final four batters, preserving Forrest’s effort.
Weston got going on offense in the first inning on a two-run home run by Polizzi to center field, scoring Forrest who had singled ahead of him.
Stamford got one back in the top of the third when J.J. Salvatore walked, getting around the bases on wild pitches before tagging up and hustling home on a pop up to shortstop.
In the bottom of the inning, Polizzi would get to third on an error on a fly ball to right in the third, coming in to score on a wild pitch.
Stamford would score an unearned run in the fourth on an RBI single by M.J. Vera, scoring Joey Pascarella and making it 3-2.
Stamford would load the bases in the inning but could only get the one run across.
“Sean (Fenske) pitched a good game but they had that one hit,” Stamford American coach Mike Fenske said. “We struggled to hit their off-speed stuff. Story of the game, he threw a lot of curveballs and we didn’t hit them. This is our first loss but we’ve had tight games and we will come back fighting. These kids are tough.”