The Westfield High School boys’ varsity baseball team has had a very exciting season. Coach Brewster, with the help of his captains, Dan Kerr and AJ Murray, led the team to a record of twenty-five games won and five lost. Brewster has coached for twenty-nine years. He’s been on the winning end 499 times.
Dan Kerr, team captain, said of the team’s final games of the season, “It’s been the most exciting games I have ever played in.”
Even though Westfield lost in the county semifinals, the team went into the state finals for the first time ever, and faced Manalapan. The Blue Devils came up short 29-14.
During the game, the team made some spectacular plays. In the third inning, the bases were loaded with James Barry on third, Willie Riggs on second, and Steve Forgash on first. Coming into the inning they were down by nine. Jonnie Gribbin came up to the plate and cracked a grand slam to make the score 11-6. During the fifth inning James O’Rourke had an incredible diving catch in the air, which led to a scoreless inning. At the bottom of the fifth, James O’Rourke was up with the bases loaded and rallied the team, bringing in Steve Forgash and Willie Riggs to home. Later, James Barry hit a home run, making the score 16-13. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, Manalapan then pulled away and won 29-14.