WESTON — The Weston baseball team began the season confident it had had two quality starting pitchers, but with the new pitch-count rule in place across the state, knew it would need a reliable third starter.
Enter Ryan Orefice.
Originally hoping Orefice could eat up innings, he has done much more his last two starts.
Taking the mound for a start against Westhill, Orefice threw his second-straight complete game, striking out five and scattering five hits as the Trojans defeated the Vikings 6-2 Tuesday afternoon in Weston.
“It is great for our other pitchers when I can go deep because they don’t have to throw if I can eat up the innings,” Orefice said. “The offense is really what brought it together today because they were hitting early and often. When they are going like that and putting up runs it gets the burden off my shoulders a little bit. When they can do that and I can come out in the second inning up three runs, you feel a lot better.”
Weston pounded out 10 hits, jumping on Westhill early and not letting up.
The Trojans (4-3) scored three unearned runs in the first courtesy of two Vikings’ errors.
Colin Donnelly drove in two runs with a double to left, capping the first inning outburst.
After a walk to the leadoff hitter in the third, Scott Derene made Westhill pay with a two-run home run to left field, making it 4-1.
Derene reached base four times, scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Westhill was sloppy all over the diamond with three errors and several mental mistakes on offense and defense which contributed to its poor outing.
“We didn’t do anything well today. We didn’t show up. That is not a knock on (Weston) their pitcher, he pitched well, but we didn’t help ourselves,” Westhill coach DJ Mulvany said. “Lack of energy, lack of effort. It was poor, poor. I’d be hard pressed to find things to point out that were positive today. Physical, mental mistakes just an overall poor game for us.”
Bobby Zmarzlak drove in Westhill’s first run with a single to centerfield in the third inning, scoring Joey Skarad.
The Vikings (4-2) added one more run in the top of the seventh on a passed ball.
Weston coach Frank Fedeli was pleased with his team’s ability to kick in the door every time Westhill left it ajar.
“We are a team where once we get a lead, we play much better,” Fedeli said. “We get comfortable with three runs in the first inning and we can start being a little more aggressive. We had a couple good swings, Scott (Derene) hit a bomb. We played well defensively and Ryan pitched his butt off.”
WESTON 6, WESTHILL 2
WESTHILL 001 000 1—2 5 3
WESTON 302 100 x—6 10 2
Records: Weston 4-3; Westhill 4-2