In advance of Sunday's highly-anticipated encounter with its neighbors from Bishop Ludden at Alliance Bank Stadium, the Westhill baseball team began to show off all that it could do, with 61 total runs in three games.
In the case of last Monday's game at Jordan-Elbridge, that meant a long, productive fourth inning that served as the basis for a 24-7 victory over the Eagles.
J-E had every intention of keeping it interesting as, down 5-1 in the bottom of the third inning, it used a four-run rally to tie it, 5-5.
That only seemed to make Westhill angry -- for in the top of the fourth, it stayed at bat for a while, twice going around the order while accumulating 14 runs.
By game's end, the Warriors had 23 hits, including Pat Lemmo's home run as he led his side with three RBIs. Mike Mascari doubled twice as he, along with Mike Fagan, Mike McMullen, Mike DeCarr, Nate Nigolian and Ryan Malley, each finished with two RBIs. Greg Schmidt, Dan Lowery and Dan Karleski drove in single runs.
Nick Downs, one of four Westhill pitchers, got credit for the win. J-E's Christian Berwind took the loss, as Ben Snyder earned two RBIs. Berwind, Colby Auer and Jeff D'Onofrio drove in one run apiece.
Westhill continued to dominate on Wednesday afternoon, when it hosted Solvay and bashed the Bearcats 19-1.
A five-run first inning set the tone, but Westhill really put it away by torching Solvay for 11 runs in the bottom of the third.
Malley and Jake Rush both smacked home runs, with Malley also getting a pair of doubles as he finished with four RBIs. Nigolian's hits produced a season-best five RBIs as Mascari and Rush both drove in two runs. Schmidt and David Grace drove in runs, too.