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Westfield loses close one to Silver Creek

April 7, 2016
Westfield Republican

(March 30) - Silver Creek-Forestville's Brad Rybak opened the season in style , as he went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored while also picking up the win on the mound, as the Black Knights (1-0) edged the Westfield Wolverines (0-1), 3-2, in non-league baseball action.

"It was a very well-played game on both sides," Silver Creek-Forestville head coach Mike Janisch said. "There wasn't a whole lot of things going on, because both teams played well for a March 30 game. You don't normally anticipate kids being able to put together at this point in the season."

Rybak tossed four innings in relief of starter Chris Williams, allowing a run on two hits while striking out nine and walking five. Williams went the first three innings and allowed a run on three hits while striking out one and walking one.

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Silver Creek-Forestville’s Brad Rybak slides safely into third base, during his team’s March 30 non-league baseball game at Westfield. Also pictured is Westfield’s Brock Schuster.

"Chris threw well," Janisch said. "He pitched very well and stayed out of trouble, which is what we strive for him to do."

"He threw hard and we just couldn't catch up to it being the first game out," Westfield head coach Doug Katlenbach added of Rybak. "We hadn't seen anyone throw that hard. He got a little wild at the end, but he beat us, he just crushed the ball (at the plate)."

The Black Knights opened the scoring in the top of the third on Rybak's first double that plated Austin Pearce. Rybak then scored on a run-scoring ground out off the bat of Williams for a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the third, Jonathan Wilson singled, moved to third on a single by Eric Fermier and scored on a third single off the bat of Max Bates to help Westfield cut its deficit to, 2-1.

The Black Knights added their final run in the fourth after Zack Bogosian walked and eventually came around on Rybak's RBI single.

"In the first four innings, their leadoff man got on and that's hard to stop," Kaltenbach said.

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Wolverines were able to plate a run on a wild pitch that chased home Tyler Irwin, but Rybak pitched out of a jam to help earn Silver Cree-Forestville the, 3-2, win.

"The story of this game all the way around was Brad Rybak," Kaltenbach said. "He just came in and shut the door pitching-wise the last four innings."

Greg Schroeder suffered the loss on the hill for Westfield, as the righty allowed three runs on three hits while striking out six and walking two over the game's first four innings.

"It's always good to get outside," Kaltenbach said. "And Silver Creek-Forestville was a good test for us and we'll come back (next week) ready for Maple Grove."



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