PANAMA - Westfield scored eight runs in the fifth inning and seven more in the seventh to turn what had been a relatively close contest with Panama into a 23-1 rout in Division 3 baseball on Thursday.
The victory, No. 11 in 12 league contests for the Wolverines, clinched the outright Division 3 title.
Westfield had been leading by just four runs, 5-1, before the offensive explosion in the fifth frame.
OBSERVER?Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Westfield pitcher Brandon Johnston delivers a pitch during Thursday’s non-league high school baseball game against Panama.
Dan Tofil led the winners, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a pair of doubles, a triple and a game-high 5 RBIs. Teammate Nolan Hunt, meanwhile, chipped in with two hits, three runs scored and an RBI.
Earning the victory was right-hander Brandon Johnston, who went five innings, striking out seven, walking two and scattering six hits. He allowed the Panthers' lone run in the third when Kyle McIntyre scored on an RBI single by Alec Blose.
McIntyre led the Panama (6-8, 5-7) offense with four hits, including a double, and four stolen bases.
Silver Creek 0
BROCTON - Ryan Johnson spent most of this season on the Brocton modified baseball team.
However, with a string of several games in consecutive days, Brocton coach Terry Presto decided to bring Johnson up to the varsity level for an extra arm.
Johnson didn't disappoint as he pitched the Bulldogs to a 7-0 victory over Silver Creek on Thursday in non-league high school baseball action.
Johnson scattered just four hits while striking out five and walking just two in a complete-game performance.
"I was really impressed with Ryan throwing," Presto said. "He closed the game out (Wednesday) and was in command the whole game (Thursday). He threw great and was great at the plate. I kept Ryan down in modified. He was doing great down there and we were winning. He is a good ballplayer. He is with us for good now."
At the plate, Johnson added a two-run single in a four-run third inning. Jordan Patterson and Dan Ferguson each had RBI singles in the frame.
Ferguson finished with two hits and as many RBIs while Johnson also had two hits.
Stephen Marcey, Adam Klajbor, Jake Lewis and Tim Manning each had a single for the Black Knights.
ECIC?Division 3 Baseball
Lake Shore 7, Depew 3
DEPEW - The Lake Shore Eagles (11-3, 13-5) defeated the Depew Wildcats (7-7), 7-3, Thursday in the completion of an ECIC Division 3 high school baseball game suspended two weeks ago by weather.
Bill Pinter spotted the Eagles a two-run advantage before the suspension as he scored a pair on a double.
Lake Shore waited until the sixth inning Thursday to plate more runs. A Ryan Joslyn RBI single and an Alex Whipple two-run single were part of a four-run frame that sealed the win for the Eagles.
Whipple, who was called up from jayvee last week, went 2 for 3 with two RBI while Pinter went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI to lead the Lake Shore offense. Christ Conley (two doubles) and Dane Cala (one double) added two hits each.
"It's the first time I've walked away from a game very happy," Lake Shore coach Bob Kowal said. "We had been winning ugly and today we looked good. I don't know if that's going to translate to anything. We played pretty good defense. We had some clutch hits and did some nice things."
Matt Kardach completed the game and earned the win on the mound for the Eagles as he struck out four and walked two in six innings of work. Matt Vona provided support from the outfield as he threw out two Depew base runners heading for home plate.
Tyler Wangler earned the loss for the Wildcats after a six-inning effort in which he struck out four and surrendered walks to two.
The Eagles travel to Orchard Park for a non-league game Saturday.