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Rexford, Rizzo lead Brocton over Sherman, 4-0; Westfield wins 47th straight league win

April 12, 2017
Westfield Republican

BROCTON - Behind strong pitching from Charlie Rexford and Hunter Rizzo, the Brocton Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0) shut out the Sherman Wildcats, 4-0, Monday in CCAA West 2 baseball.

Rexford got the start and earned the win, throwing four string innings, striking out three while walking one. Rexford pitched three innings in relief and allowed just one hit to close out the game.

Jordan Krystofiak led the Bulldogs' offense with two hits, including two doubles and an RBI.

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Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg Brocton’s Hunter Rizzo delivers a pitch during his team’s CCAA West 2 baseball game against Sherman at Brocton High School.

Ronald Brown and Darien Booker each had a double and an RBI in the win while Rizzo added a hit of his own and an RBI.

Westfield 10,

Cassadaga Valley 8

Westfield (2-1, 2-0) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first two innings of its CCAA West 2 baseball game against Cassadaga Valley (0-1, 0-1) Wednesday afternoon, but needed a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to keep its 47-game league winning streak alive, as the Wolverines topped the Cougars, 10-8.

Sophomore Brock Schuster, who was credited with the win on the hill, walked and scored the eventual game-winning run on a double off the bat of Max Bates while Simon Williams added an insurance run with a double of his own to plate Bates for the 10-8 lead.

"My young guys are the ones who basically carried us," Westfield head coach Doug Kaltenbach said. "And Cassadaga Valley didn't quit. It was a great game."

Sophomore Brett Babcock was the spark the Wolverines needed in the early innings Wednesday, as he finished the day 3 for 4 and scored on a Colby Bills double in the bottom of the fifth that helped Westfield regain the lead 8-7.

"He was involved a lot," Kaltenbach noted of Babcock. "All of his hits were key hits that either started a rally or kept one going. And I think they all came with two outs."

Westfield built its early lead with four runs in the home half of the first and two more in the second, as Schuster had a two-run double, Bates drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Fermier had an RBI single while two more runs came home on a pair of Cassadaga Valley errors.

The Cougars cut the Wolverines' lead to 6-5 in the top of the third on a two-run home run off the bat of Anthony Rodriguez while Jacob Peterson had a two-run single off starting pitcher Bates.

Then, in the top of the fifth, the Cougars, who tied the game 6-all in the fourth, took their first lead of the game on an RBI single off the bat of Tyler Keech.

After Westfield went back ahead 8-7 in the bottom of the fifth, Cassadaga Valley was able to forge an 8-all tie on an RBI single by Peterson, before the Wolverines went ahead for good in the home half of the inning.

Schuster allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking three in five-plus innings of relief work while Connor Crabtree suffered the loss for the Cougars. Crabtree allowed two runs on two hits while striking out one and walking two over two innings of relief work. Adam Goot got the start for Cassadaga Valley and allowed eight runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking one over the game's first five innings.

Fermier finished with a pair of hits in the win while Crabtree and Chase McIntyre both had two hits for the Cougars in defeat.



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