Demons Beat Midview in 1st Round of SWC Freshman Tournament
Jacob Reidl and a five run third inning led Westlake to an 8-0 victory over the visiting Midview Middies Tuesday afternoon. Westlake will face the Avon Lake Shoremen in the semi-finals of the SWC freshman baseball tournament on our home turf at 4:30 on Wednesday.
Reidl was outstanding in the complete game shutout allowing six hits and three walks while setting down seven Middies via strikeout. He was able to work out of his only serious trouble in the sixth to preserve the only shutout of the season.
After retiring the first six Demon batters in the two opening frames, the Middie hurler ran into big trouble in the third as the Westlakers sent eleven batsmen to the dish and scored five times. A leadoff single by Charlie Zkiab, a sacrifice by Reidl and two wild pitches allowed Zkiab to score, breaking the ice for Westlake. Cal Reghi also came up big in the inning with a two out base hit to RF to score Zach Regas who was HBP earlier in the inning. An infield single by Jack Finucane plated Michael Stenger who was a HBP victim with the bags juiced scoring Sean Finucane, who walked earlier in the inning. Collin Burrows also walked and eventually scampered home on yet another wild pitch.
So that’s five runs on three hits, two walks, three bruises and three “JUST a bit outsides.” Happy to report no mascots were injured in the creation of this inning.
Michael Stenger once again had some fun behind home plate. A fourth inning leadoff double and a subsequent single to right set the table for the Middies with runners on first and third and nobody out. The Middies were poised to answer the Demons big third inning and stay in the game. Then the runner at first was easily cut down on a steal attempt of second — Stenger to Burrows. Then, a heartbeat later, Stenger retired the runner at third with a snap throw and tag by Sean Finucane. Table cleared. Will killed. Thanks for coming. Enjoy the home version of Demon baseball.
Offensively, Jack Finucane drove in two. Six Demons all had a lone safety.
The Demons made it three in a row over the Middies and will attempt to accomplish the same at home against Avon Lake at 4:30 tonight. See ya at the yard!