WESTFIELD – It was an eventful day of milestone moments, game-winning heroics, and hometown blowouts in the wide, wide world of local high school sports Tuesday.
Kowalski blast’s WHS into winner’s circle
Westfield 9, West Springfield 8
Brit Kowalski hit a walk-off blast to lift Westfield at home. Kowalski led the charge at the dish, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Nicole Clemente (double, 2 runs) and Lindsay Kiltonic (triple, run, 2 RBIs) had two hits apiece for the Bombers.
Dame busts up no-hitter
McCann Tech 19, Gateway 0
Gateway’s Gabby Dame broke up McCann Tech pitcher Haley Malloy’s no-hit bid. Malloy allowed just one hit against the Gators.
McCann jumped out a 7-0 first-inning lead, and cruised from there. The Hornets added 10 more runs in the third.
Brownies win, net milestone
Agawam 18, Westfield 6
Agawam head coach Carla Lemnah-Warner celebrated her 200th victory by knocking off her hometown team, Westfield.
Julia Serra led the Agawam attack with five goals and one assist. Hannah Jarvis and Lexi Wood scored two goals apiece for Westfield.
The loss ended the Bombers’ three-game winning streak, a period which saw the Whip City lax players buckle down on game day and in-between.
“We got our respect back,” Westfield coach Paul Fenwick said of that solid stretch. “We came together as a team. Practices picked up.”
Westfield needs just one win in its final two games to earn its first postseason berth in some time. The Bombers (7-7) travel to Belchertown to take on the Orioles Friday night at 7. They return home Monday against West Side in a showdown under the lights at Westfield State University at 7 p.m.
“Today was a rough day … (but) we’ve been focused,” coach Fenwick said. “We’re knocking on the doorstep.”
Bombers blank PVC
Westfield 5, Pioneer Valley Christian 0
Westfield shut out PVC at home to improve to 11-1 overall. The Bombers remain undefeated in league play.
Tristin Viale (6-1, 6-1), Lyle Libanan (6-4, 6-3), and Shayne Holloway (6-0, 6-0) won at first, second, and third singles, respectively, for Westfield. Bombers’ Jimmy Knapik and Matt Roberts won at first doubles, 6-4, 6-1; Joe Burzynski and Jalen Bodendorf took second doubles.
Rams go extra for “W”
Southwick 5, Ware 2
Southwick powered past Ware on the road with three runs in the 11th inning at Memorial Field in Ware.
Jake Goodreau went 3-for-6 with three RBIs to lead Southwick; Danny McClellan (walk, two runs, two RBIs) went 3-for-5; Nick Kavrakis (double) and Joe Stratton (winning run) each went 2-for-5; and, Eddie Martinez (two runs, two walks), Joe Stratton (run), and Travis Pirrello had one hit apiece for the Rams.
McClellan knocked in the eventual game-winner with a two-run single in the final extra frame.
Southwick pitcher Andrew Mitchell earned a win in relief.
Saints silence Beavers
St. Mary 13, Putnam 0
Shaun Gezotis (run, RBI), Jake Butler (3 runs, 2 RBIs), Quinn Powers (3 RBIs) landed two hits apiece for St. Mary. Saints’ Nate Bonini drove in two runs, and scored twice.
Kyle Koloski (4 inn., 3 Ks, 2 BBs) and Billy Lamirande (3 inn., 2 Ks, 1 BB) each allowed just one hit on the mound for St. Mary.
Red Raiders top Tigers
Commerce 6, Westfield Technical Academy 2
Westfield Tech suffered a loss on the road at Marshall Roy Field in Springfield. The Tigers will look to bounce back Wednesday against Pioneer Valley Christian Academy at Bullens Field. First pitch is at 4 p.m.