WESTFIELD – Spencer Cloutier delivered a walk-off sac-fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Westfield High School baseball team a thrilling 4-3 win over Central early Friday afternoon.
Central stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Westfield battled back. The Bombers responded with one run in the bottom half of the first, two in the third and one in extra frames.
Bailey Collier went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored for Westfield. Cloutier finished with a walk, a run, and two RBIs. Bombers’ Luisin Enchautgeui and Mason Collingwood each had a hit and plated a run, Colin Scanlon walked three times and scored a run, and C.J. Flores-Skribiski walked twice and scored a run. Alex LaCourse also drew two walks.
Westfield starting pitcher Mike Hall allowed just two hits, four walks, and three runs (all unearned) over six innings. He struck out seven batters. Jimmy Hagan provided two shutout innings of relief. He yielded one hit, no walks, and struck out one to earn the victory.
Tigers post road shutout
Westfield Technical Academy 7, Franklin Tech 0
Brody Zabielski tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout, and Mike Durkee smashed a bases-clearing, three-run double in the third inning to lead Westfield Tech past Franklin Tech on the road Friday.
Zabielski walked just one batter and finished the game with just 68 pitches thrown.
Mateo Sanchez had a hit and RBI for Westfield Tech, which had just four hits but got things done other ways.
“We had very smart base-running and we were very aggressive on the bases,” said Westfield Tech baseball head coach Bob Eak, whose batters struck out just three times at Franklin Tech. “We were good putting the ball in play.”
Westfield Tech took advantage of several errors by Franklin Tech.
Josh Sturmer made two phenomenal plays at shortstop, snaring two relatively hard hit balls struck behind the second base bag on consecutive at-bats for outs.
“Freshmen just don’t make plays like them,” Eak said.
Westfield Tech finished the week 3-0 to improve to 3-1 overall. The Tigers are 1-1 in the Tri-County South.
Mustangs nip Rams in extras
Monson 4, Southwick 3 (8 inn.)
Monson jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and then after Southwick tied the game, the Mustangs scored one in extras to hold off the Rams.
“We had three games in three days – that’s the gauntlet of high school baseball,” Southwick coach Bill Dupre said. “I’ll take 2-1 any day.”
Josh Sylvia had a solid outing on the mound, scattering nine hits over seven-plus innings, striking out three batters and walking none.
“They key for Josh was first-pitch swinging,” coach Dupre said, noting nearly a half-dozen first pitch outs for the Rams’ pitcher on the afternoon. “He had an excellent day.”
On offense, Southwick’s Bart Shea had a hit and three walks, Frank Wynglarz went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Jacob Garrity had a hit and run, and Dalton Bessette and Zac Karetka each had a hit.
The Rams fell to 3-2 overall, 2-1 league.
Blue Devils slip past Bombers
Northampton 3, Westfield 1
Calista Lebron belted a towering home run, and Marissa Badorini went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead Northampton past host Westfield.
Carina Franco hit a deep sac-fly to center field to allow Erin Gour to tag up and score Westfield’s lone run of the game. Bombers’ Emma LaPoint and Diana Daley each collected doubles. Gour also had a hit.
Gators club Eagles
Gateway 22, Franklin Tech 10 (6 inn.)
Stephanie Paiva (4 hits) and Nicole Hannigan (3 hits) led the offensive onslaught for Gateway.