A three-run first inning set the tone, but the Warriors really took over in the top of the second, batting twice around the order and picking up 12 runs to make it 15-0, well out of J-E’s reach.
Again, Pena led the way, going four-for-four with a double, triple, four runs scored and three RBIs. Ben Walsh had a double, single and four RBIs, while Antonacci tripled and drove in three runs. Sam Walsh hit his team’s only home run and got two RBIs.
Kevin Drexler pitched 4 1/3 innings to earn the win, with Albright and Brian McMullen seeing relief stints. All of J-E’s runs came in the bottom of the second as Ryan Cooper, who had three hits, earned an RBI, as did Andrew Cassick and Travis Hyde.
To cap it off, Westhill hosted Solvay (who had won twice during the week) on Friday afternoon. And Walsh, going on three days’ rest, again threatened a no-hitter, but had to settle for a bit less as the Warriors fought past the Bearcats 3-1.
Going into the seventh, Walsh hadn’t given up a hit, just like with Skaneateles. And once more, the dream ended there, as Solvay’s John Savo singled. Savo came around to score on Dan Fantacone’s RBI groundout before Walsh ended things with his eighth strikeout of the day.
Fantacone pitched quite well for the Bearcats, only allowing eight hits. But he gave up unearned runs in the first and third innings, both of them driven home by Albright. A third run came in the sixth with Dan O’Brien-Mazza’s two-out single. Pena finished two-for-three at the plate.
More big games await the Warriors next week, from Monday’s tilt with neighbor Bishop Ludden to a showdown with Cazenovia next Friday at NBT Bank Stadium, a rematch of last year’s Section III Class B final.