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Baseball: Schroeder scatters five hits as Westfield prevails over Brocton, 8-1

April 28, 2016
By Gib Snyder III (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican

(April 20) - Greg Schroeder allowed a run on five hits while striking out seven and walking one, as Westfield eased past Brocton, 8-1, in CCAA West 2 baseball action Wednesday afternoon.

"That's the best game he's pitched for me in four years," Westfield head coach Doug Kaltenbach said. "He's carried around a big burden from the state final, but he's our No. 1 pitcher. And I felt so good for him because he's was able to come and do what he does so good and kind of get some of those demons off his back."

Aside from the top of the fourth when he allowed an RBI single to Alec Chelton that cut the Wolverines' lead in half, 2-1, Schroeder's only other tough inning came in the top of the sixth, when the Bulldogs were able to load the bases on three straight singles by Charles Rexford, Johnethen Spicer and Steven Krystofiak. However, he was able to get Ryan Johnson to line out to third baseman Brock Schuster, who stepped on third to double off Rexford, before Chelton grounded out to end the threat.

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Westfield pitcher Greg Schroeder delivers a pitch during a CCAA West 2 high school baseball game against rival Brocton.

"You've got to take your hat off to those kids," Brocton coach Rob Fetterick said of Westfield. "They work hard and you've got to give it to Greg Schroeder, he threw a heck of a game."

"That was huge," Kaltenbach added of Schuster's play. "It was great and I didn't even know he could jump. It was all good. We played well and I'm proud of my guys. They took a challenge that a lot of people had thrown out to us and they handled it well."

The Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Jonathan Wilson singled and later came around to score on a wild pitch while Eric Fermier, who also singled, came around to score on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Schroeder.

"It was absolutely huge," Kaltenbach said of his team taking an early 2-0 lead. "It couldn't have worked out better than we drew it up. We said if we could get out of that first half inning - because Krystofiak just came off a 19-strikeout performance against North Collins - and get the bat on the ball to show him that we're not afraid to hit him, we'd be OK. And we did that and it was huge."

After Johnson doubled with two outs and scored on Chelton's single to make it 2-1, Westfield responded in a big way in the bottom of the fourth off Krystofiak and Johnson, as it scored five runs on two hits, four walks and an error.

Trevor North had an RBI single for the first run while Schuster and Taylor Irwin both worked one-out, bases loaded walks to drive in two more runs. Wilson added an RBI on a ground out, before an error allowed Schuster to score the Wolverines' final run of the frame for a commanding 7-1 lead.

"No, I think he just lost a little focus," Fetterick said when asked if Krystofiak ran out of gas in the fourth inning. "He's a great kid, he just lost a little focus at the wrong time. And he wasn't getting the calls, but he'll learn from it and come back stronger the next time."

"All week we kept saying that we're the defending champions and we've won the division seven out of eight years," Kaltenbach added. "So we just said let's play our game and don't get into the hype, just play like we can play. And we did and we were fine."

Westfield's final run of the night came in the bottom of the fifth on a ground out off the bat of Schuster that chased home Schroeder, who had reached on an error to start the frame.

"We definitely made some mistakes," Fetterick said. "Some younger guys didn't play some situational baseball and didn't know where to go with the ball, but (today) at practice we'll fix all those things and like I said, the Bulldogs will come back stronger the next time. I can guarantee that."

For Westfield, the win marked its 40th consecutive league victory, but Kaltenbach was quick to say that the streak is not something his team is focused too much on.

"I don't know any other team in any sport that's done that around here," Kaltenbach said. "The last time we lost (a league game) was the first game when Wilson and Schroeder and those guys were freshmen. We've had some really good teams in our league, so that's quite an accomplishment."

For Brocton, which had cruised through its first four CCAA West 2 contests, Wednesday's game provided a good litmus test for where the Bulldogs are at this point in the season, as both Fetterick and Kaltenbach know that their teams will see each other at least one more time this year.

Fetterick said playing Westfield was as good a test as his team has seen all year. "Westfield's a great team," he said. "They've got a great program here and they're coached well. I'm sure we'll see each other once again and we'll be up for the challenge. I guarantee that."

"We're probably going to see each other three times," Kaltenbach added, referring to the second league game and potential Section 6 Class D playoff matchup. "They're good. They're a good team we just happened to jump on them, but we'll see what happens the next time we play them."

Krystofiak suffered the loss on the hill after he allowed six runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two in three innings of work. Johnson allowed three runs - just one of them earned - on one hit while striking out four and walking three.

"This rivalry has grown to be great," Kaltenbach added. "It's something that these schools - or at least our school - needs. And it's probably the best rivalry we've had here in years in any sport."

Bulldogs rebound to beat Cougars

BROCTON (April 22)- After a tough loss Wednesday, the Brocton Bulldogs rebounded with a 15-0 victory over Cassadaga Valley on Friday in CCAA West 2 high school baseball action.

Ryan Johnson was the winning pitcher as he struck out 12 and walked one, while giving up just two hits.

Offensively, Charlie Rexford led the Brocton attack, as he went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a double and four RBIs. Garrett McFadden was 3 for 3 with two RBIs while Johnson helped his own cause with two hits, including a double, three runs scored, and an RBI. Steven Krystofiak had two hits with a double, two runs and three RBIs.

"It was great to see the kids bounce back after a tough loss Wednesday," Brocton coach Robert Fetterick said. "We did some soul searching and responded with 14 hits.

Brocton returnst to action next Wednesday at Clymer.

Wolverines top Randolph in 10 innings

RANDOLPH (April 25) - Max Bates' second hit of the game drove in the winning run in the 10th inning as Westfield downed Randolph, 3-2, in a non-league baseball game Monday.

Bates plated JonathanWilson with the winner in the top of the 10th for Westfield.

Randolph took a 2-0 lead in the fifth when Dylan Williams and Dakota Williams singled, followed by RBI singles from Devin Foster and Kaleb O'Neill.

Westfield tied the game, 2-2, with two outs in the sixth when Doug Schuster singled, Eric Fermier singled and Bates followed with a two-run single.

Jake Beaver pitched 9 1/3 innings and gave up 13 hits with four strikeouts and two walks for Randolph.

Wilson, the third Westfield pitcher, went three scoreless innings with three strikeouts and a walk to gain the win.

Foster had two hits for Randolph while Greg Schroeder added three hits for Westfield.

Clymer routs Panama, 18-2

CLYMER (April 25)- Sparked by the pitching of Adam Honey, Clymer improved to 2-2 in Division 2 West and 4-3 overall with an 18-2 win over Panama on Monday afternoon.

Honey scattered six hits with two strikeouts and no walks as the Pirates prevailed over Clymer in five innings.

Dylan Davis drove in four runs with a pair of singles, Dylan Neckers had a double and a single, Jordan Wade had two singles, and Zavon Overton picked up a double for Clymer.

Josh Summers had a two-run single during the four-run first inning for the winners, who had six runs in the second inning and compiled seven runs in the fifth inning.

Tristan Frye's single drove in a Panama run in the second and Tony Frangione's single knocked in a Panthers' run in the third. Frye wound up with two hits.

Cassadaga Valley gets past Sherman

SINCLAIRVILLE (April 25) - Ninth-grader Adam Goot was the story for Cassadaga Valley on Monday afternoon.

Goot tossed a two-hitter as the Cougars downed Sherman, 8-2, in Division 2 West.

"Adam settled down after the first inning and started throwing strikes," said winning coach Joe Mistretta.

Goot, now 2-0 for the year, fanned five and walked three. He allowed an RBI single to Chris Robson and another single to Carpenter in the first inning with the second run scoring on a groundout.

Cassadaga Valley took the lead for good in its half of the inning on Collin Barmore's single.

The Cougars added three more in the sixth with two coming in on Tyler Simpson's two-run single.

C.J. Kubera, Caleb Hillman, Jacob Peterson, Conner Crabtree and Simpson added two hits apiece in the 12-hit attack for the Cougars.

Pirates lose to CV on 7th-inning run

CLYMER (April 21) - A passed ball with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning enabled Cassadaga Valley to pull out an 8-7 win over Clymer.

The game was tied at 7-7 going into the seventh inning when the Cougars came through with the go-ahead run. Conner Crabtree led off the seventh with a double followed by two walks to fill the bases. A double play ensued, but two walks in row refilled the sacks, setting the stage for the passed ball.

Caleb Kubera pitched the final three innings and gave up three runs to get the win.

Tyler Simpson banged out three hits with a two-run double and scored twice while Pearson also had three hits with a RBI double for Cassadaga Valley. Crabtree and Kubera had doubles.

Spencer TeWinkle and Adam Honey connected for two-run doubles for Clymer (1-2, 3-3). Zavron Overton and Sam Wiggers recorded two hits in the setback with each having a double.

 
 
 

 

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