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Westhill baseball goes 1-1, beats Marcellus

Warriors stopped at home by Phoenix

To this point, the Westhill baseball team only had one game lost to the weather, an April 13 contest against Chittenango that got postponed.

Still, the Warriors had not played in a week when it ventured to Marcellus last Monday, and despite hitting and running itself out of all sorts of scoring opportunities, it still recorded a 6-0 shutout of the Mustangs.

J.C. Pena got the start on the mound, and the senior right-hander did not allow a hit until the fifth. And even when Marcellus loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, he managed to execute a pickoff at first base to end the threat.

Meanwhile, the Warriors had hit into a triple play and two double plays in the first four innings on its way to a 2-0 lead. Then, in the top of the fifth, with two outs and the bases loaded, Mike Burton smashed a three-run double off Mustangs pitcher Bryan Carroll, breaking it open. It was Burton’s second double of the afternoon.

John Crysler and Carlo Mancini both pitched well in relief for Marcellus, but it could not get anything out of another bases-loaded situation in the sixth as Brandon Drexler, relieving Pena, threw two innings to preserve the shutout.

They would go in different directions on Wednesday, though, as Westhill lost at home to Phoenix 3-2 and Marcellus, aided by a big sixth-inning offensive outburst, beat Chittenango 15-12.

It was the Firebirds jumping on Westhill ace Ben Walsh for all of its runs in the second and third innings, two of them driven in by Bryce Plante in the top of the second, and another racing home on a wild pitch in the third.

Sam Walsh took over in relief and, for 4 1/3 innings, blanked Phoenix with five strikeouts and just two hits allowed. Trying to rally, Westhill notched single runs in the third and sixth to pull within one.

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