Cesan powers Rams past Red Raiders

Southwick right fielder Johnny Cesan tracks this ball down in the outfield for an out Thursday at Hampshire Regional High School. (Photo by Chris Putz)

SOUTHWICK – It’s never over until it’s over was the rallying cry that the Southwick High School baseball team adopted Thursday on the road.
Johnny Cesan blasted a three-run home run in extra innings to lift Southwick to a thrilling 9-5 come-from-behind, 8-inning victory Thursday at Hampshire Regional High School.
Cesan (2-for-5) also doubled and finished the game 2-for-5 with four RBIs.
Several other Rams contributed.
Southwick’s Dan Burnett went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored, Frank Wynglarz (1-for-4) scored three runs and delivered a key sac-bunt late, Bart Shea (1-for-4, RBI) homered, and Jacob Garrity went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.
Burnett also earned the victory with two solid innings of relief. He struck out two batters, allowing two hits, two walks, and one run.
Southwick improved to 8-5 overall, 7-3 Bi-County League. The Rams next play at Pittsfield Sunday.

Bombers nip Colts
Westfield 3, Chicopee Comp 2

The Westfield High School boys volleyball team checked off another item on their road map to a third straight state championship.
Westfield defeated Chicopee Comprehensive 3-2 on the road to win the North League title outright Thursday night. The Bombers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win a thriller, 25-22, 11-25, 25-27, 25-15, 15-2.
James Pavlyuk (27 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces), R.J. Piper (51 assists, 12 digs), Mike Bowen (9 digs), Ethan Flaherty (15 kills), and Riley Coughlin (11 kills, 4 blocks) led Westfield (14-2 overall, 9-0 North).
The next task for the two-time defending state champion Westfield Bombers is a rematch against the Needham Rockets Friday night at Westfield High. Game time is 6:30.
“It’s just another match,” Westfield boys volleyball coach Tyler Wingate said. “They’re a really good opponent. …(We are) looking forward to the opportunity but we’re preaching to (our players) do things well on our side of the net.”

Rams chase Indians
Southwick def. Ware 25-15, 25-14, 25-17

Nick Brown (30 assists, 1 ace), Andy Brown (17 digs, 16 kills, 1 block), and Nate Girard (14 digs, 1 ace) led a Southwick sweep.

Saints win thrillers
St. Mary’s 3, Pioneer Valley Christian Academy 2

Kevin Lu and Aaron Kielbasa won at first and third singles, respectively, and Tom Young and Ben Howes won at second doubles to lead St. Mary’s in a thrilling victory.
Lu toppled PVCA’s Kevin Sharpe, 4-6, 6-2, (7-5); Kielbasa defeated Cayden Garvey, 6-1, 6-1; and, Young and Howes downed Max Ficarra and Reese Ficarra, 8-6, 6-3.
St. Mary’s Jessica Crosby defeated PVCA’s Sklar Chapdelaine at first singles 6-2, 6-3, and Amelia Murray topped Sarah Emerson at second singles, 7-5, 6-4. Saints’ first doubles pair, Maura O’Neill and Allison Rougemont won a thriller over Neriah Henry and Alexa Walker, 6-4, 7-6, (7-1).

Wisnauckas nets half a milestone
Chicopee 17, St. Mary’s 3

Samantha Moran, Skyler Duda, and Katarzyna Wisnauckas each had one goal for St. Mary’s. Summer Duda had one one assist.
For Wisnauckas, it was the sophomore’s 50th career goal.
St. Mary goalie April Warner had eight saves.

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