Demons Down Olmsted Falls 11-3
On Derby Saturday the Westlakers improved their season record to 10-3 by defeating Olmsted Falls 11-3 at WHS on another beautiful day for baseball. The victory gives the Demons another two game series sweep of an SWC rival, their fourth such sweep on the year.
Alex Needham was masterful in his complete game effort. In only 82 pitches (66% for strikes), Needham allowed three runs, eight hits and two walks. He was able to retire the first hitter in five of seven frames to avoid the big inning. O Falls was able to manage only single tallies in the second, third and fourth frames. In addition, Alex helped his own cause with a two run single in the third inning.
The Demons again were able to support their hurler with some outstanding defensive plays. Charlie Zkiab made a spectacular backhand stab of a liner headed for the right-centerfield gap taking away extra bases. Catcher Michael Stenger picked a wayward Bulldog runner off of first base, throwing behind him to Jack Kerr. And a pitcher’s best friend, groundball double plays. The Demons tacked on two more of those. In the first, a ground ball to second sacker Alex Babinski who flipped to SS Collin Burrows who flipped to Kerr ended the inning. In the sixth, a ground ball took Burrows toward the second base bag, he stepped on the bag, spun and threw to Kerr to complete the twin killing.
The bats stayed hot for the Horns as they pounded out 14 safeties. Big innings were the key. A three-run first gave the Demons a fast start. Three in the third and four in the fifth punched a hole in this game. The leaders were Zach Regas (two hits and two ribbies), Stenger (three hits), Jack Finucane (pair of base knocks), Sean Finucane (two RBIs), Zkiab (perfect in four plate appearances with threee hits, including a double, and a free pass) and Babinski (two hit day).
With two straight wins the Demons carry momentum into, weather permitting, a busy last week of regular season play prior to the SWC Freshman baseball tournament. The feature SWC freshman game on Monday will be Westlake at undefeated Amherst at 4:30. The Comets defeated the Demons 2-1 in the first meeting. See ya at the yard!