WESTFIELD – At first glance, Wednesday’s baseball matchup between the St. Mary’s and Westfield Technical Academy baseball teams appeared to be a matchup of epic proportions.
The defending Division 1 state champion St. Mary’s Saints handed Southwick its only loss of the season thus far. The Westfield Tech Tigers recently enjoyed a key road win over the Belchertown Orioles.
Players for both teams are also no stranger to each other having played on many of the same youth All-Star teams throughout the years.
The hype quickly faded though as St. Mary’s deflated Westfield Tech’s hopes with a humbling 23-3 win at Bullens Field.
St. Mary’s senior Jake Butler, who this past winter scored his 1,000th point for the Saints’ boys basketball team, proved himself worthy of the bat, going 4-for-6 with four runs and five RBIs.
He was not alone.
Hunter Authier (4-for-5, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs), Quinn Powers (3-for-5, 2 doubles), Kevin Rockwal (2-for-3), and Aiden Burke (2-for-3, 3 runs) contributed as well offensively.
Powers also provided two innings of one-hit relief. He struck out four.
Connor Medieros led Westfield Tech (5-5) with a 2-for-3 outing and an RBI. Tigers’ Derien Wilson-Grant doubled and stole a base.
St Pierre, Bombers soar past Lancers
Westfield 5, Longmeadow 1
Westfield pitcher Mason St. Pierre tossed a complete game two-hitter, striking out eight batters and walking five in the victory.
Jimmy Hagan led the way at the plate for Westfield, going 2-for-3 with a run and RBI. Bombers’ Kyle Roberts (RBI), St. Pierre (run scored, RBI), Steve McKenna (run), and Scott Bussell each had a hit.
Westfield’s Jack Blake scored a run and had an RBI, and Aidan Dunn scored a run. Connor Cottengim walked twice.
Mounties squeak by Rams
Monument Mountain 7, Southwick 5 (9 inn.)
Nick Kavarakis (3-for-5, double, run, RBI), Dan Burnett (double, RBI), Frank Wynglarz (1-for-2), and Josh Sylvia (1-for-3, run) provided Southwick’s offense.
Also with one out late in the game, Rams’ Jacob Garriety laid down a successful suicide squeeze to tie the game. Connor Roy soon followed with an RBI walk before Monument rallied.
Southwick pitcher Josh Lis scattered seven hits over six-plus innings, allowing five runs (only two of which were earned) .He struck out four batters and walked one.
Bombers stomp Colts
Westfield 8, Chicopee Comp 1
Morgan Zabielski (2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 runs), Hayley Moniz (3-for-3), Casey Almeida (2 hits), Diana Daly (double, run), and Lindsey Kiltonic (RBI single) paved the way for Westfield, whose bats came alive with 11 hits.
Moniz also recorded 12 Ks on the mound.
Green Wave washes Saints
Greenfield 4, St. Mary’s 1
Second singles player Dom Nomakeo, and second doubles pair, Joe Wilcox and Kevin Lu lost by identical scores of 6-3, 6-2.
The Saints won by forfeit at third singles.
Southwick 3, Monument Mountain 0
Southwick pitcher Nick Michaels threw a complete game shutout with five strikeouts. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate.
Brennan Vinesett (RBI) and Nate Goodwin (2 runs) each went 2-for-3 for the Rams.