Westhil baseball rips Ludden again

Though the venue had changed in the 13 days since they first met, the reality -- Westhill's baseball team had a firm grip on Bishop Ludden, and everyone else in the OHSL Liberty division -- remained the same.

As part of Saturday's opening round of the Utica-Notre Dame Tournament, the Warriors took out the Gaelic Knights 11-2, an even more impressive showing than the 9-2 win it had when they played May 3 at Alliance Bank Stadium.

A three-run third inning pushed the Warriors (15-2) out in front, and though Ludden would get RBIs from John Rooney and Mike DeMaio in the bottom of the third, it would not score again.

Nate Nigolian pitched superbly for Westhill, holding the Gaelic Knights' potent lineup to just six hits, and he didn't have to wait too long to gain a cushion.

The Warriors used seven runs in the top of the fourth to take charge. Mike McMullen doubled twice, earning two RBIs as Nigolian and Mike DeCarr also drove in two runs. Ryan Malley and Jake Rush earned one RBI apiece. Ludden's Casey Ganley took the loss, with Matt Weeks and Corey Hunter also seeing stints on the mound.

In the days leading up to the rematch, both sides would play a lot, but only Westhill maintained its winning touch on a full-time basis.

Going to Homer last Monday night, the Warriors beat the Trojans 8-4, a game that was in doubt much of the way.

Not until the sixth inning, when Westhill scored a run to break a 4-4 tie, did it go ahead for good, as a trio of seventh-inning runs stretched out the margin.

Pat Lemmo pitched a complete game and got the win. Mike McMullen hit his team's only home run and finished with two RBIs as Ryan Malley, Nate Nigolian and Dan Lowery each drove in one run.

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