Westhill senior pitcher Ben Walsh (17) sends a delivery to the plate in Friday's game against Cazenovia at NBT Bank Stadium. Walsh threw his third consecutive one-hitter as the Warriors blanked the Lakers 5-0 in a rematch of last year's Section III Class B final.
continued Two more runs in the seventh created the final margin, but Walsh didn't need extra help. After surrendering a single to Bigsby in the first, he didn't allow another hit the rest of his way to earn his third consecutive one-hitter, walking three and striking out nine.
That just started an eventful weekend for Westhill as it took on red-hot Homer Saturday and had to hang on to pull out a 10-7 victory over the Trojans.
Homer had won eight of its previous nine games (including a 5-4 win over state-ranked Jamesville-DeWitt), and jumped on Westhill 3-0 in the first inning before the Warriors moved in front with four runs in the second.
By the fifth inning, Westhill led 8-3, led by Kevin Drexler’s three-for-three effort that included a double and three RBIs, while Kevin Karleski also drove in two runs. But Homer kept getting to Sam Walsh and Mike Burton for runs before Pena came in to pitch the seventh and earn the save.
Much earlier in the week, Westhill rekindled its rivalry with next-door neighbor Bishop Ludden last Monday afternoon and put away the Gaelic Knights 7-1 for its fifth win in a row.
The Warriors scored runs in each of the first four innings, more than enough for Pena, who not only had a double, two runs scored and two RBIs, but also pitched five innings to earn the win, only giving up one hit.
Sam Walsh closed it out in relief and also got an RBI at the plate. Jim Albright had a pair of hits, with Antonacci contributing an RBI. Cory Poplawski and Jack Rauch split Ludden’s pitching duties, Poplawski taking the loss as Alex Trunfio drove in Jared Taylor for his team’s lone run in the fourth inning.
Ludden, playing right after Westhill on Friday at NBT Bank Stadium, took a 5-4 defeat to Bishop Grimes, the Cobras moving in front with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Poplawski took the loss. Robbie Weigan earned a pair of RBIs as