by Christina Jones
Union defeated the varsity baseball team 5–2 on April 4, handing Westfield its third loss of the season.
Westfield began the first inning out in the field with junior Brad DeMartino on the mound. After a few quick outs, Westfield went to bat and junior Chris Arena drove in Westfield’s first run, giving them the lead.
Union was able to score two runs in the second inning due to some sloppy outfield play, but Westfield recovered and took back control. The second half was a one, two, three inning for Union as Westfield was not able to get on base.
The game picked up in the bottom of the third inning when Westfield had the bases loaded. Senior Jake Greenberg walked to first, allowing junior Chris Arena to score a run. The bases remained loaded, but junior Mike Androconis struck out, ending the inning.
The tables turned for Union in the top of the fifth inning, as they brought in two runs, bringing the score to 5–2.
Said senior Tri-Captain Kevin Galasso, “After [we beat] Union in the county finals last year 13–3, Union was itching to take revenge.”
Throughout the rest of the game, Westfield attempted to tie up the score, but was unsuccessful. According to Coach Robert Brewster, the team made “mistakes that have plagued [their] ability to win games.”
But last Friday the team defeated Hillsborough, obtaining their first win of the season, bringing their record to 1–3.
Said Galasso: “Our defense on Thursday was the part of our game that hurt us the most….Clearly, our focus for the upcoming games will be on fielding. We know that our team has the potential to be the best in the county, we just need to find our rhythm first.”