Aug 21, 2013
09:21 AMConnecticut Today
As Westport Tries Tonight to Make Little League World Series U.S. Final, an Anchor for the Team
Mary Albl/New Haven Register
Matt Stone and Harry Azadian walk back to the dugout before the start of last Sunday's game.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Easily the biggest storyline this summer for the Westport Little League team has been the production from the mound. Aces Chad Knight and Harry Azadian have stolen the spotlight and headlines with their sure-fire and accurate arms.
The most runs Westport has allowed is seven, which came on Sunday against Eastlake of Sammamish, Wash.
But as every success story goes, there’s another anecdote.
This one comes at the tail end of the pitch. Crouched down behind home plate is Matt Stone. Waiting in anticipation with his left arm and glove positioned to catch the ball, he’s been a reliable and consistent target all summer.
“You know when things are going really well, he’s kind of invisible,” Rob Stone, Matt’s dad said. “All the focus is on the pitcher and he’s just making it look easy.”
Hidden behind a mask is where Stone does his best work as a catcher. He’s logged an insane amount of innings and started every game for Westport, which is 20-0 and playing in the United States Little League World Series semifinals on Wednesday night at Lamade Stadium. A win against Eastlake of Chula Vista, Calif. at 8 p.m. (ESPN) will land Stone and Westport in the U.S. title game on Saturday.