Lucky third-inning charms

Westfield Tech baseball pitcher Brody Zabielski throws from the mound after entering in early relief duties Thursday against Pathfinder at Bullens Field. (Photo by Chris Putz)

WESTFIELD – For some, the third time is the charm. For the Westfield Technical Academy High School baseball team, at least on Thursday, the third inning proved to be a charmed one.
Westfield Tech collected all six of its hits and scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the third inning, and held off a late charge by Pathfinder to squeak past the Pioneers 5-4 at Bullens Field.
Mike Durkee and Chris Boyden had RBI doubles for Westfield Tech; Trent Adam and Brody Zabielski delivered run-scoring hits. The Tigers were helped along by three Pathfinder errors.
Zabielski, a freshman, was impressive on the mound. The young phenom tossed a two-hitter through six innings, striking out seven.
Darrien Wilson-Grant struck out three batters in an inning of one-hit relief, an inning that saw Pathfinder rally for three runs.
Adam started the game on the mound, but was removed for precautionary reasons after suffering an apparent injury.
“It was a really, really weird game,” Westfield Tech coach Bob Eak said.
The Tigers improved to 7-6 overall. They are currently 3-0 in league play.
Pathfinder pitcher Joe Roman scattered six hits over six innings. He struck out nine batters, and went 1-for-1 at the plate with three walks and two RBIs.

Red Raiders post shutout
Hampshire 5, Southwick 0

Connor Roy, Nick Kavarakis, Josh Sylvia, and Dalton Bessette each had a hit for Southwick (12-5 overall, 9-4 league).
Southwick was coming off a narrow defeat to Palmer on Wednesday night. In that game, Kavarakis struck out eight batters and Sylvia went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Moniz, Bombers win again
Westfield 2, Chicopee 0

Westfield pitcher Haley Moniz threw her second shutout in consecutive days, ringing up 13 batters by way of the strikeout to help the Bombers achieve another victory.
Cierra Paskins (2-for-3) and Morgan Zabielski (3-for-4) had multiple hits on the day while Casey Almeida had a big two-run hit to score the game’s only runs at Szot Park. Amber Garfield and Autumn Moccia each added a hit, contributing to the eight-hit offensive attack.

Gamble Ks 10 in loss
Smith Voke 5, Gateway 2

Stephanie Paiva (run), Allison Manos, Angela Wright, Makala Gogal, and Lily Waters had the lone hits for Gateway. Gators’ Grace Van Buren walked twice and scored a run.
Gateway pitcher Audrey Gamble recorded 10 strikeouts.

Bombers soar
Westfield 20, South Hadley 7

Lara Finnie (4 goals, 1 assist), Hannah Jarvis (2 goals, 3 assists), Kylie Buchanan (6 goals, 2 assists), McKenzie Liptak (3 goals), and Courtney Adams (2 goals, 1 assist) contributed to Westfield’s win.

Mazza recognized
Chicopee 10, St. Mary’s 4

St. Mary’s Paighton Ramos had two goals and one assist, Skylar Duda and Riley Paniello each scored once, and Anna Kosinski collected 19 saves.
Katarzyna Wisnauckas had a nice all-around effort for St. Mary’s with three interceptions and seven ground ball controls. The Saints’ lone senior Olivia Mazza was also honored.

Crosby leads the Saints
Sabis 4, St. Mary’s 1

Jessica Crosby returned to St. Mary’s after a two-week absence due to illness, and won 6-0, 6-1.
It was not easy early though as Crosby struggled through a few long rallies against Sabis’s Emma Smith, missing her mark on some of her passing shots. As the match progressed though, Crosby gainer her footing and confidence, smashing overhands at the net and unloading strong crosscourt backhands.
St. Mary’s Alexis Shedd lost a hard-fought match to Remie Jerard, 6-0, 4-6, 10-6.

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