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Godzak, Westhill routs Caz for Class B baseball title

Warriors ace throws one-hitter in 8-1 win over Lakers

Frustrated as the Westhill baseball team may have felt by the numerous delays that plagued the Section III Class B baseball championship game, it all worked out.

For when the Warriors finally encountered Cazenovia in that title game Saturday night at Rome's DeLutis Field, it had ace left-hander Alex Godzak in top form, which was more than enough as Westhill conquered the Lakers 8-1.

All that the Canisius College-bound Godzak did was throw a one-hitter, amassing 13 strikeouts against a single walk and moving to 10-1 on the spring. He is the first Westhill pitcher to win 10 games in a single season.

Now the Warriors can go after its third state Class B crown in four years, starting Tuesday when it returns to DeLutis Field at 7 p.m. to face Section IV champion Oneonta. The winner advances to Saturday's state final four in Binghamton.

The saga of the sectional final began way back on Monday, at DeLutis Field, when Westhill beat Utica-Notre Dame 12-3 for the B-1 championship as Godzak pitched five solid innings.

Then the weather took over. Lightning on Monday night delayed the Class B-2 final, between Cazenovia and Sherburne-Earlville, until Tuesday, but another rainstorm pushed the game back to Thursday, at Alliance Bank Stadium, where the Lakers won 10-1 for its first-ever sectional baseball championship.

Westhill and Cazenovia now were set to meet Friday, also at Alliance Bank Stadium. But it rained again, causing yet another postponement, and with the field at the home of the Syracuse Chiefs too wet, the whole show moved back to Rome on Saturday night.

About the only good thing about the delays was that Westhill could bring back Godzak on normal rest. And it was quite eager to play Cazenovia, given that the Lakers knocked them off 5-1 back on May 4 when the Warriors were unbeaten and atop the state rankings.

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