by Jessica Ciampa
After shutting out Kent Place, 20–0, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 15–0, the softball team continued its winning streak with a win over Bridgewater-Raritan, 11–3, on April 24.
The game started off with a wild pitch and a quick throw to third base where a runner advanced and scored for BR.
But Westfield played well during the third inning, with junior Cali Chambliss fielding a tough bounce off the pitcher’s mound and was able to quickly throw the ball to junior Lizzie Fox on first to get the first out. Then junior Julia Criscuolo caught a fly-out, and Chambliss fielded another ball to Fox which brought WHS up to bat.
During a double play in the fourth inning, Chambliss caught the ball then quickly threw it to Fox on first base to successfully catch the runner coming back.
Junior Chrissy Ferraro, who had walked, advanced to third on Chambliss’ solid base hit. Chambliss was later caught stealing second, but shortly after, Criscuolo hit a deep ball into centerfield and took her base. Junior Shannon Schaefer then walked to load the bases for Westfield. Sophomore Bobbi Snyder fought off a tough pitch to get a base hit and bring in a run. The inning ended with a lot of momentum built up for the players with two runs scored by WHS, bringing the score to 3–3.
“Everyone contributed either offensively or defensively, and we capitalized on [BR’s] mistakes,” said senior Tri-Captaib Natalie Tupper.
Later in the game with the bases loaded, Chambliss hit a single into left field, scoring one run for WHS and securing her spot on first base. Criscuolo batted next with bases loaded, the ball was fielded by a BR player who threw the ball home, but it was too late, as the WHS runner had already scored, making it 5–3. Once again, bases were loaded when Schaefer walked to first, letting WHS score an additional run.
Snyder replicated Schaefer’s play and walked to first scoring yet another run for WHS. Tupper struck out, but junior Rebecca Kaufman batted next and walked to first base due to an error in the outfield, giving WHS an eighth run. Junior Elena Scarano and Ferraro both batted with bases loaded and both scored one run each for WHS making the score 10–3.
WHS scored its last run in the bottom of the sixth inning by Criscuolo making the final score 11–3 against BR.
Their next game will be today against Mahwah at 4 p.m. at WHS.