The Post-Journal

Westfield Reaches Milestone

Wolverines Edge Clymer, League Win Streak Improves To 50 Straight Games

Westfield pitcher Brock Schuster delivers to the plate.
Westfield pitcher Brock Schuster delivers to the plate during Tuesday’s Division 2 West baseball victory over Clymer. Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg.

WESTFIELD — The Clymer Pirates (1-3, 1-3) gave the Westfield Wolverines (5-4, 4-0) everything they had on Tuesday, but in the end, Westfield’s league winning streak reached 50 games with a 4-3 victory.

The Wolverines have not lost a league game since April 2013 against Pine Valley, with many victories coming against quality opponents that have won titles in the past.

“It is a great accomplishment,” Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. “The streak is alive, but we want win number 51 tomorrow against Brocton. We looked tight today due to what was on the line.”

Westfield starting pitcher Brock Schuster settled down after the first inning where he gave up three hits, but managed to prevent Clymer from scoring with the help of great fielding.

Clymer scored the first run of the game in the top of the third. With two outs, Jordan Wade singled into left field. After stealing second base, Dylan Davis hit an RBI single.

Westfield responded with four runs of its own in the bottom of the third. Mike Poletto led off the inning with a walk. Chris Catalano and Eric Fermier hit back to back RBI doubles, giving the hosts a 2-1 lead. Brock Schuster was hit by a pitch and after a couple steals and an error, Westfield increased its lead to 4-1.

Those were the only runs Westfield would score as Clymer starter Dylan Davis pitched a complete six innings, giving up only four hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

“That was the first time Davis has pitched at the varsity level,” Clymer coach Bob Newton stated. ”He was around the strike zone all day and kept them off balance. He performed well.”

Clymer came back with two runs in the fifth inning highlighted by Zavon Overton’s single and heads up base running by the Pirates to take advantage of a few Wolverines miscues.

After a relief appearance by Max Bates, Fermier came in for the save, striking out three batters with the tying run on first base.

Westfield starter Schuster finished the game pitching 4.1 innings, giving up six hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Fermier had the only multi-hit game for Westfield, while Overton, Wade, and Davis each had two hits for the Pirates.

Nobody on the current roster played for Westfield when the winning streak started. Westfield has won seven straight league titles and seven straight sectional finals, winning the title the past two years over North Collins.

“During the streak, we had many games that went down to the wire,” said Kaltenbach. “There was even a game where we were down to our last strike. This shows how tough we have been to battle in those games. This is a serious accomplishment that will not be realized how great it is until a later time. All the guys in the program deserve credit for what they have done in the past.”


SINCLAIRVILLE — Cordell O’Brien’s RBI double snapped a sixth-inning tie and Frewsburg held on for a 4-3 victory over Cassadaga Valley in a Division 2 West baseball game on Tuesday.

O’Brien’s clutch hit came after Caleb Caldwell smacked a double — one of his two hits on the afternoon — to move into scoring position.

Jacob Peterson also had two hits for the Bears and was effective on the mound as he tossed a six-hitter, struck out four and walked two.

Brandon Chamberlin pitched into the sixth inning for the Cougars, allowing six hits, striking out five and allowing two earned runs.

Adam Goot led the way offensively for Cassadaga Valley (4-4, 3-2), finishing with two hits. Teammate Chase McIntyre added a double.


WILLIAMSVILLE — John Hassler fired a five-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks as Williamsville North (4-1, 5-1) downed Jamestown (0-4, 1-8), 9-2, in Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 action.

Hassler had Jamestown shut out until the seventh when the Red Raiders scored twice. Drew Simmons’ single scored Christian Dolce and Jonny Sandstrom’s sacrifice fly tallied Maverick Johnson.

Lucas Terry had two hits and two RBIs and Alex Wanat also had two hits with an RBI double for the hosts.

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