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Westhill gets past Hannibal in baseball sectionals

Warriors get to Class B semis; Solvay wins opener

During Tuesday’s opening round, the no. 2 seed Warriors shut out no. 15 seed General Brown 12-0, while the no. 4 seed Bearcats fended off no. 13 seed Adirondack 4-1.

Westhill broke it open against General Brown with a four-run third inning, adding two runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth as support for Walsh and Kevin Drexler, who combined on a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts, Drexler going three innings in relief.

Pena reached base and scored all four times he came to the plate. He also had two RBis. Albright, Kevin Karleski and Eddie Kiernan matched Pena by driving in two runs apiece. Drexler added a hit and RBI.

Solvay, meanwhile, won its 12th consecutive game in a patient manner, poking across single runs in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings to negate a solid pitching effort from Adirondack ace Justin Kranbuhl.

John Savo had two hits, the only Bearcat to do so, and earned three stolen bases, while leadoff man Brandon Pelose scored twice. Davis Kippen and Josh Rutkowski each had one RBI. Dan Fantacone, pitching a complete game, held the Wildcats to four hits and struck out nine.

As Westhill was knocking out Hannibal, Solvay saw its Class B quarterfinal against no. 12 seed Skaneateles postponed until Friday afternoon. The winner of that game would face top seed Clinton in Saturday’s semifinals.

Bishop Ludden, the no. 12 seed in Class A, did not make it out of the first round, falling to no. 5 seed Christian Brothers Academy 3-2 in the latest “Holy War” chapter.

The Gaelic Knights struck for both of its runs in the top of the first, as Jack Rauch’s single drove home Kyle Hawk and Jared Taylor. For a while, ace Cory Poplawski made that 2-0 lead stick.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Camillo Spinoso got a hit, and Webb Little caught a Poplawski offering and drilled it over the fence for a game-tying two-run home run. Then Poplawski walked Andrew Gacek, who came all the way around to score on an outfield error of Sam Little’s fly ball.

Poplawski struck out 10 and only surrendered five hits. Yet the Brothers held on as Tim Pierret shut down Ludden in the last three innings to earn the win.

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