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Westfield High School Boys Varsity Baseball Tops Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Nail-Biting Finish

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Jake Greenberg up at bat. Credits: Christopher Ick
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WHS celebrates their victory with a team huddle. Credits: Christopher Ick
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Elizabeth, NJ -- Crowds of spectators stood today at Williams Field to witness the Union County Baseball Tournament Semi-Final game between sports rivals Westfield High School and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. With a thrillingly close finish, Westfield took the game with six runs over SPF’s last four-run inning.

WHS had a strong game, with a steady run accumulation throughout the first few innings. RBI from senior Eric Demers in the fourth inning and a double RBI by junior Liam Devin had fans excited to see a strong six-run lead by the end of the seventh inning. Coach Robert Brewster commended the two, saying that they would do “anything to win.”

The fieldwork of WHS was also worth noting, with several strikeouts by senior pitcher Kevin Galasso. SPF was unable to break past their defense, with no runs scored by the team until the seventh inning. Senior First Baseman Jake Greenberg said, “We took some hot shots and make some good catches. It was a great win."

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The true climax of the game was at the bottom of the seventh inning. Viewers rose to their feet as WHS’s comfortable six-run lead was contested by a four-run streak led by SPF’s Zach Lipshitz and James D’angelo batting in one run each, in addition to two walk-ins.

The sudden 6-4 showdown culminated in a loaded-bases faceoff between WHS pitcher Quinn Dursee and SPF batter Brad Alleman. With two strikes and two outs, the stakes were high for the last pitch. After a timeout, two fouls and a lot of yelling from the spectators, Alleman drove a fly ball to Blue Devil center fielder Anthony Perconte, sealing the victory for WHS.

“It was a great win, but we had a shaky ending” said Greenberg. Unfazed, Brewster commended the players as a “great team” and boasting about the group as being “tough to beat."

The next game for WHS is on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at North Brunswick. With this victory, Westfield will move on to the county final against Cranford Saturday.

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