Weaver, Murray and Serafin equal a Tri-State Championship for the Cowboys.
TORRINGTON: For most of us who have known Litchfield High School Athletic Director, Kyle Weaver, he has always been a stand up, welcoming kind of guy who will do just about anything for you.
He’s always been truthful with us, he’s always been welcoming.
There may be one thing, however, that needs to be amended.
It’s how he is when it comes to his playing career with his summer baseball gig as a member of the Litchfield Cowboys, the team that just walked away with the Tri-State Baseball League Championship after a 4-1 win over Tri-Town.
Many have heard of how often Mr. Weaver has come to hanging up the competitive spikes but when push comes to shove, he has been less than truthful about stepping away and his Cowboys are certainly glad he has stayed.
“It’s a great one to end on,” Weaver said, “This one right here.”
Aha! Headline: “Weaver to hang ‘em up in Tri-State.”
“I don’t know,” Weaver retracted, “You know, I’m hurting but the best way to cure the pain is with this win. I love these guys, I love playing this game.”
Never mind, he might just be back.
Litchfield took the game and the series on the backs of two other players on Friday night as Kevin Murray pitched into the eighth inning and Joey Serafin (he of what seemed to be 500 pitches over the last week or so) came in and closed things out after pitching a complete game on Wednesday night in the Cowboy’s 3-0 win in game one.
The Trojans struck first in the first inning on an RBI double to the base of the left field wall by Mike Fabiaschi that scored Connor Murphy but Murray got out of that jam by retiring three straight after three consecutive batters reached to start the game.
“Murray is like that,” Weaver said, “He’s loose the first couple of innings but then he settles down after that.”
After the opening frame, Murray allowed just two more hits, the second double of the night by Fabiaschi and an infield hit off the bat of James Cramphin.
The ageless one (Weaver) had himself a game he certainly will remember fondly for a good long time, it’ll be one to tell the youngsters about years from now when he actually retires.
Four singles, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base to boot.
It was his single to center to lead off the bottom of the fourth that helped the Cowboys tie things up at a run apiece.
After a perfect sacrifice bunt by Serafin moved him to second, Weaver came around to score on a key, two-out RBI single by Brian Hungerford to short right field.
The Cowboys would go ahead for good in the fifth when Steve Harrison scored from second on another timely two-out hit by the champions, this time off the bat of Weaver.
Bobby Chatfield started for the Trojans and went five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits before being replaced by Miles Scribner who also threw on Wednesday and was not his usual sharp self.
The Cowboys would put this one away with two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Scribner had trouble finding the plate, walking in a run while the second came in on a fielder’s choice.
“I love competing with these guys and against the Trojans and everybody else in this league,” Weaver said, “This would be a great game to end on but I don’t know. I’m going to take some time and think about it. Nobody believes me anyhow, I don’t believe myself half the time.”
Serafin, who had said Wednesday night that he loves to pitch at Fuessenich Park, came in with two on and nobody out in the top of the eighth and retired the next three to end the threat.
“He’s a gamer,” Weaver said, “Ever since he came on the scene with us he’s an absolute gamer. He’s our go to guy. He’s a shut-down pitcher and we obviously had enough confidence to bring him back out after a complete game (on Wednesday).”
Two runners reached base with one out in the top of the ninth on an error and a walk but the hard throwing lefty struck out Murphy for the second out and got Casey McDonald to sky to short right and the trophy was heading to Litchfield.
The aches and pains might stay around a couple of days for the Litchfield AD but the healing power of winning may just triumph in the long run.
As for retirement, we’ll believe it if and when we see it, Mr. Weaver.