WESTFIELD, NJ — Following a week marked by inclement weather, mother nature relented for long enough for the Westfield Blue Devils varsity baseball team to defeat Roselle Park, 4-2, Friday, moving on in tournament play.
The Blue Devils benefited from a stellar pitching performance by senior Michael Androconis, who pitched a complete game with only one earned run and recording seven strikeouts.
“He pitched very well today,” Westfield head coach Bob Brewster said of Androconis. “We played well enough to win, but we still have room for improvement.”
The Blue Devils received their offensive spark from senior shortstop Matt Storcks. Storcks drove in two runs and scored another, going 2-3 with a double and a triple.
After giving up two early runs, Roselle Park’s highly touted pitcher Luis Amaro settled down. For the rest of the game, he and Androconis exchanged efficient innings with very little to mention on the offensive end.
The Roosevelt Park Panthers made a valiant effort to rally back, but the ninth inning run they scored served as small consolation in the end.
“Their pitcher had our team pretty well figured-out,” said Roselle Park coach Nick Agoglia. “We also didn’t do ourselves any favors by committing three errors.”
The only times Roselle Park mounted any significant threats were the times third baseman Steven Loevsky strode into the batter’s box.
“I just wish we could have taken advantage of more opportunities as a team,” Loevsky said.
The final score of the game reflected the pitchers’ duel nature of the affair. However, Westfield will look to improve its situational hitting after leaving seven men on base throughout the game.
“We did a god job of getting to Roselle Park’s pitcher, but we need to hit better with runners on base,” Storcks said.
The third-seeded Blue Devils play in the semifinal round Saturday at second-seeded Cranford.