WOODBURY – If you ask the manager of the Woodbury Baseball & Softball U9 baseball team what its record is, he couldn’t tell you.
That’s because Scott Chung is more concerned with how his team develops as players and as a unit than where they appear in the standings of the Connecticut Xtreme League.
“They have absolutely improved this summer,” Chung said. “They come in with a purpose, knowing that they give their focus for two hours. That’s all I ask for really, and hopefully they come in well-rested for the game.”
Woodbury beat Newtown 12-9 in a nail-biter at Hollow Park on Thursday night. Newtown loaded the bases and scored once in the top of the sixth with two out. But with the potential go-ahead run at the plate, closer Trevor Santopietro got a ground out to end the game.
So, for those watching the standings, Woodbury raised its record to 6-3-3 with the win, and is in second place in its division.
“They fought hard, especially the fact that we had so many games cancelled this week and it’s our last game before the playoffs,” Scott Chung said. “We are going to continue to play defense and bat aggressively and see what happens.”
How Woodbury Scored
Derek Chung led off the home half of the first with a walk, but was hit by a ball off the bat of Charlie Cosgriff while heading to second. Santopietro singled to move Cosgriff, who scored on a single by Griffin Blum. Brady Herman grounded into a fielder’s choice, but it scored both Santopietro and Blum. Robert Metcalfe singled to score Herman to make it a 4-0 Woodbury lead.
Chung was hit by a pitch to lead off the second, and scored on a Cosgriff double. Cosgriff went to third when a Newtown player threw home to try and get Chung, and scored when the catcher overthrew the third baseman.
Newtown put up a crooked number in the top of the third to cut Woodbury’s lead to 6-5, but Woodbury stormed back in the bottom of the fourth.
Patrick Toon walked and went to second on a sacrifice by Ledge Lupo. Chung walked, and Cosgriff doubled to bring in Toon and Chung. Cosgriff then scored on a passed ball to give Woodbury a 9-5 lead. Jesse Pape singled, and scored on a single by Blum. Blum scored on a passed ball to give Woodbury an 11-5 advantage.
Newtown scored three runs in the top of the fifth, but Woodbury added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Scott Viveros walked to lead off the inning, and Pape drew a bases-loaded walk to bring him home.