Westfield captures fourth division crown in five years
CLYMER – For the fourth time in five years, the Westfield Wolverines (13-4, 11-0) are divisional champions.
The Wolverines clinched the CCAA West II title Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over Clymer, behind the pitching of Robbie Burgess.
Burgess went the distance with 10 strikeouts, two walks and yielding five hits.
Of Westfield’s 11 league victories this season, five have come via shutout and in three games, the opponents have scored just one run.
“Robbie is our senior captain and he gutted it out,” Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. “Our pitching has been dynamite this year. This could be the best pitching staff I’ve ever had and I’ve had some good ones.”
The Wolverines got on the board in the second inning as Joe Quagliana ripped an RBI single to score Jonathan Wilson. Quagliana scored on a sacrifice fly from Greg Schroeder.
In the third inning, Westfield took a 3-0 lead as Nolan Hunt hit a leadoff double and scored on a Burgess single.
Clymer cut the deficit, 3-1, in the fourth inning, and in the seventh, Jake Wiggers belted a two-out solo home run to make the score 3-2.
Burgess struck out the next batter to end the game and clinch the title.
“We still have a very young team,” Kaltenbach said. “Honestly, they are not overly excited. They want to finish the league undefeated. That’s more important for Sectional seeding. We had high expectations. No matter how many times you win, it’s still an accomplishment.”
Wiggers was the Pirates’ lone bright spot as he had a home run and double offensively. On the mound, he pitched a complete game with five strikeouts, two walks and seven hits.
Westfield travels to Cassadaga Valley next Wednesday.
Sherman 1, 9 innings
BROCTON – Brocton (7-6, 5-4) squeaked out a 2-1 win in nine innings over CCAA West II baseball foe Sherman (2-5, 1-5) Wednesday behind solid pitching from starter Steve Krystofiak and reliever Ryan Johnson.
“Both pitchers threw well,” Brocton coach Terry Presto said. “All of the pitchers for both teams threw great games. It was nice that both of us were able to bring in our aces to help close out the game. We were lucky enough to come away with the win. It was a well-played high school ball game.”
Johnson picked up the win in relief of Krystofiak, who went the first five innings and allowed a run on three hits while striking out 10 and walking two. Johnson held the Wildcats scoreless over the game’s final four innings, allowing a hit while striking out six and walking one.
Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Johnson led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nash Delcamp. Then, Latham Dunn chased home Johnson with the winning run on a single to right-center field.
Sherman got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the third, as Ryan Robson walked, stole second and came home on consecutive throwing errors.
Brocton tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Krystofiak scored on an errant pick-off attempt by Wildcat starter Jeremy Cole, who worked the first five innings for Sherman, allowing a run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Robson relieved Cole in the sixth and went the rest of the way, allowing a run on three hits while striking out nine and walking one.
At the plate for the Bulldogs, Connor Dolce went 2 for 4 while Jake Card had a pair of hits for the Wildcats and teammate Corie Alger added a double.
CLCS 21, CVCS 11
RIPLEY – Chautauqua Lake (6-2, 8-3) used an 8-run bottom of the fifth inning to break open an 11-9 game against Cassadaga Valley, and went on to win 21-11, in CCAA West II baseball action.
Winning pitcher Kyle Mayer relieved starter Tyler Meredith in the fourth and shut down the Cougars the rest of the way. Mayer struck out five, walked one and gave up no earned runs in 3-2/3 innings of relief.
On offense, the Thunderbirds pounded out 18 hits off losing pitcher Tyson Gugino and reliever Shane Parsons. Leading the attack was Ian Clute with three hits, including a two-run homer. Tyler Furlow chipped in three hits, including a double, and four runs scored while Mayer added three hits. Also for Chautauqua Lake, Avery Webb had two hits, including a double, Cody Sargent had a pair of doubles and four RBIs, Devin Pope finished with two hits (double) and Meredith contributed two hits and three RBIs.
For Cassadaga Valley, Matt Hallowell collected two hits and two RBIs while Gugino ripped a double and Kyle Ruge scored four runs.