The Akron-Westfield baseball team came from behind last night to win their fourth game in their first five with a 5-4 victory over Gehlen Catholic.
The Westerners started off the contest with a run in the first thanks to some great two-out hitting from Michael Swancutt and Tyson Fairbanks. That was answered by a four-run bottom of the first for Gehlen Catholic that put the Westerners down three. Akron-Westfield would not give up scoring two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Head Coach Gordon Johnson says his team is never one to back down from a challenge at the plate.
The Westerners got production up and down the lineup from the likes of Michael Swancutt in the three-spot, Raiden Ericson in the two-spot, and even Jack Terpstra in the eight-spot. Coach Johnson says it’s a strength of his team to be able to rely on any number of guys every night.
On the mound, Raiden Ericson gave up that four-run first inning and shut down the Jays the rest of the night. In his final five innings of the outing, he allowed three hits, no runs, and struck out six while walking just two. Coach Johnson was even more pleased with Ericson’s outing considering that he didn’t have his best working for him last night.
The Westerners take this 4-1 record into a tough matchup on Friday night against Remsen St. Mary’s at Sargent Field in Akron. The Westerners will then host some quality opponents for their tournament on Saturday. Like Coach Johnson said earlier, his team is embracing the challenges that lie ahead.
Gehlen Catholic falls to 1-2 to start the year after playing three games in three days. The Jays will be at the Woodbury Central tournament on Saturday as they’ll match up with Cherokee first on Saturday.