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.
Panama’s Sawyer Eggleston gets safely back to third before Westfield third baseman Dan Tofil can apply a tag in Thursday’s Division 3 baseball game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Mark L. Anderson
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.
McIntrye led the Panama (6-8, 5-7) offense with four hits, including a double, and four stolen bases.
ROACH, HOWARD PACE MG
BEMUS POINT - Freshmen Matt Roach and Kass Howard showed the way for Maple Grove (10-2, 11-8).
Roach went the distance in allowing six hits with eight strikeouts and five walks while Howard got the key hit that provided the Red Dragons with a 3-1 verdict over Franklinville (3-9, 3-14).
Roach raised his record to 4-0 with his excellent performance for Maple Grove.
Collin Stack singled and was eventually driven in by Jake Swan's single in the first inning.
Roach carried that 1-0 margin into the fifth when the Panthers tied it up at 1-1 on Will Bays two-out single that plated the singling Kevin Bigham, who put himself in scoring position by stealing second base.
Then in the last of the sixth, Stack singled, Josh Ahlstrom was hit-by-a-pitch and Roach beat out an infield single to fill the bases. Kass Howard then came through with a clutch two-run single to give the Red Dragons a hard-earned victory.
Maple Grove was led by Stack, Swan, Roach and Howard with two hits. Bigham and Sen Erickson had two hits for Franklinville, which lost the first time to Maple Grove, 16-4.