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Westhill upends Ludden, wins Class B baseball title

The Gaelic Knights had another chance to score in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on first and third, dangerous power hitter Chris Davis, who smacked nine homers this season, came to the plate.

But McAvoy sat Davis down with his eighth strikeout of the game. McAvoy finished with nine strikeouts in six innings of work while Ludden stranded nine base runners overall.

Things began to unravel for Pirro and the Gaelic Knights in the fifth. Back-to-back RBI triples by Karleski and Mike McMullen upped the Warrior lead to 5-0. A wild pitch by Pirro scored McMullen to make it 6-0.

Pirro (8-1) did not return to the mound in the sixth. He finished with six strikeouts, three wild pitches and one walk. Westhill peppered Pirro for seven hits and tagged him for four earned runs.

Ludden relief pitcher Ryan O'Kane didn't fare any better against the hard-hitting Warrior attack, which has outscored opponents 55-7 in the post-season. O'Kane gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits. Ludden committed four errors in the game.

Ludden second baseman Ciro Frontale hit a run-scoring double in the bottom of the sixth to avoid the shutout. Davis drove in Ludden's second run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly.

Nate Nigolian helped the Warriors balanced offense with two hits including a RBI triple and a solo homer over the right field fence in the seventh. He also scored twice. Schmidt, Karleski, McMullen, Mark Syron and Hewitt also recorded two hits for the Warriors.

Although its dream season came to a disappointing conclusion, Bishop Ludden will return seven players from its starting lineup including Pirro and Davis. But the Gaelic Knights will have to replace versatile veteran John Rooney, Dan Fadden and Matt Weeks, who will graduate in June.

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