As it does each April, the Westhill baseball team trades a week of potential weather issues in Central New York for guaranteed playing time – and bonding time – in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
All told, the Warriors played four games – and won each of them, improving to 6-0 in the process and gaining a full dose of momentum heading into the heart of OHSL Liberty division play.
For this latest installment of the Mingo Bay Tournament, Westhill sprinted out of the gate, beating another Upstate New York team, Wilson (Section VI), 6-3, mostly by scoring two runs in each of the first two innings.
Wilson fought back within 4-3 by the fifth inning, but Westhill scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to get away again. David Graf, with three hits, led the attack as he, along with J.C. Pena and Jacob Nigolian, drove in runs. Tyler Thomas scored twice.
Alex Godzak pitched most of the way, going 4 1/3 innings to earn the win as he amassed 10 strikeouts and only allowed three hits. Ben Walsh saw work in relief before Pena worked a shaky seventh inning, giving up two hits before picking up the save.
No suspense was necessary, though, in the Warriors’ 11-2 rout of Washington, though the offense did take a while to get going. It was only 2-0 when Westhill scored three times in the top of the fifth inning, but six more runs in the next two innings followed.
Just as with Wilson, Graf found his way on base with a pair of hits and scored three runs, stealing three bases. Thomas managed a pair of RBIs as he and Joe Meluni each had two hits.
Pena, Walsh and Kevin Karleski drove in one run apiece. Walsh also pitched 4 1/3 innings to get the win, allowing four hits while striking out eight as Matt Kinney and Tim Grace relieved this time around.