In knocking off two local rivals, the Westhill baseball team provided bookends to a week where it would sweep all four of its opponents -- and display lots of power, too.
First, it was the Warriors meeting Marcellus last Monday in a tense classic that saw Westhill hang on for a 5-4 victory.
When Westhill jumped on Marcellus pitcher Jordan Smith for four runs in the first inning, then another run in the second to make it 5-0, it looked to be over early. Kevin McAvoy earned two RBIs, while Dan Karleski earned two hits and scored a pair of runs. Mike McMullen also had two hits as Len Graf and Jake Rush drove in one run apiece.
But Smith settled down, blanked the Warriors the rest of the way and earned seven strikeouts, giving Marcellus all kinds of time to rally.
With a run in the third, then three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings (Adam Breuer and Phil Zdanowski earning RBIs), the Mustangs pulled within one, forcing McAvoy to relieve McMullen. In 2 2/3 innings, McAvoy struck out four and didn't allow a hit to keep his team in front.
Westhill made it back-to-back wins on Tuesday, blanking Skaneateles 9-0. Though it had just seven hits, the Warriors exploited six Laker errors and scored in five of the first six innings to support Corey Hewitt, who combined with reliever Jack Ganley to get the shutout.
Mark Syron smacked a home run, scored twice and finished with three RBIs. McAvoy also had two hits and two runs scored, joining Hewitt and Len Graf with single RBIs.
Then Westhill beat Hannibal 10-2 on Friday afternoon. Hannibal seized a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Westhill tied in the bottom of that frame, then went in front with a three-run second inning before a five-run rally in the fifth settled matters.