Bombers battle toward clincher

Westfield’s Cam Theriault (3) positions himself in front of the South Hadley net before striking for a goal in the first quarter Friday. (Photo by Chris Putz)

SOUTH HADLEY – Earlier this week, the Westfield High School boys lacrosse team suffered a dreary 13-4 loss to Longmeadow. A few rays of sunshine – and a positive end-of-the week performance – now have the Bombers knocking on the door of the postseason, seeking the pot of gold waiting at the end of that rainbow.
Westfield picked up a much-needed victory Friday, escaping South Hadley with a 12-10 win to pull within one win of a tournament berth.
Cam Theriault exploded for six Westfield goals; Bombers’ Will Cameron had two goals and two assists; Nick Clausen had one goal and one assist; Gavin Carzello and Tyler Shrewsbury each collected a goal; and, Matt Bacon and Dan Antonellis had assists.
Carzello was dominant on defense with clears and ground balls.
Kris Meneses and Aidan Boyle caused several turnovers for Westfield (8-7). Bombers’ Gavin Foster won 80 percent of the face-offs.

Bombers keep playoff hopes alive
Westfield 6, Hampshire Regional 4

Westfield bounced back from losses to West Springfield and Agawam, picking up a huge victory on the road over powerhouse Hampshire to keep their tournament hopes alive.
Seven of nine Westfield batters in the lineup had hits.
Westfield’s Carly James finished with four hits and two runs scored; Emma Lapoint and Carina Franco had two hits apiece; and, Diana Daley, Maya Sanders and Amber Garfield all scored runs.
Defensively, outfielders Daley and Emily Leclair had great running catches, particularly in the fourth inning, when Hampshire had runners in scoring position and second and third bases. Leclair made an over-the-head catch near the fence to end the inning and save two runs.
Westfield pitcher Erin Gour overcame a few walks and kept her composure, picking up strikeouts in key spots to earn a complete game victory.
Hampshire battled back from a 6-2 deficit, scoring two runs to pull within four and had running on second and third when Gour reached back to strike out two of the last three batters.
Westfield improved to 7-10. The Bombers have three games remaining, all on the road.

Bombers rout Spartans
Westfield 8, East Longmeadow 1

Paul Shibley (3-for-3, run, RBI), Baley Collier (2-4, 2 runs, RBI), Spencer Cloutier (2-for-3, walk, 2 RBIs), Mason Collingwood (1-2, 2 walks, run, 3 RBIs), and Cam Davignon (1-3, walk, 2 runs) provided the bulk of the offense for Westfield.
Bombers’ pitcher Mike Hall tossed seven complete innings, scattering five hits, striking out five batters and walking two.

Barlow, Tigers silence Eagles
Westfield Technical Academy 6, Franklin Tech 0

Tobey Barlow tossed a complete game one-hit shutout, striking out four batters and walking two for Westfield Tech. Mike Durkee (2-for-2, 3 RBIs), Barlow (1-2, 2 runs, RBI), Trent Adam (2-4, double), and Dacota Durkee (1-3, run, RBI) led the offense.
Dacota Durkee also made a highlight-reel catch, stabbing a line drive in foul territory in the sixth inning.
Westfield Tech celebrated their lone senior, Cade Bradley before the game. The Tigers improved to 11-4 overall, 5-1 Tri-County League South.

Championship rematch goes to the Rockets
Needham def. Westfield 22-25, 28-26, 28-26, 22-25, 15-5

James Pavlyuk (19 kills, 11 digs), Ethan Flaherty (19 kills), Eric Yurtuc (51 assists, 3 blocks), Mike Bowen (13 digs), and Riley Coughlin (9 kills, 2 blocks) contributed for two-time defending champ Westfield, which lost a heartbreaker to Needham in state championship rematch.

LATE RESULTS – Thurs., May 16
St. Mary’s 11, Sabis 2

Jack Masciadrelli (2-for-4, double) and Jack Lamirande (2-5, double) led the offense for St. Mary’s, which ended the week with back-to-back victories.
Brady Collins (double), Aidan Burke, Hayden Lussier, Colin Freeman, and Nick Montanaro each had a hit for the Saints.
St. Mary’s pitcher Collins allowed just two hits and one run in six innings of work. Collins struck out nine batters and walked five.
Lamirande provided one inning of two-hit, one-run relief. He had one strikeout and walked none.

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