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Westview baseballers prevail

 

Westview closed out its varsity baseball regular season by sweeping a pair of DeKalb County teams at the end of last week.

The Warriors secured a second-place finish in the NECC with a 13-3 victory over Eastside in Butler. The win gave Westview an 8-2 league mark, one game back of champion Fairfield (9-1).

Trailing 2-0 entering the fourth inning, coach Jason Rahn’s Warriors tallied three runs to take the lead. Singles by Adrian Brandenberger and Tarrin Beachy began the rally, while a two-run double off the bat of Judah Zickafoose and an RBI single by Brant Yoder capped it.

Westview busted the game open with a six-run fifth frame. Hits by Zickafoose, Yoder and Luke Miller, along with four Blazer errors fueled the explosion.

Zickafoose would later line a two-run single to culminate a four-hit, four-RBI day. Yoder, Brandenberger, Jamar Weaver and Luke Miller all finished with two hits.

Damon Miller pitched the first four innings to net the win. Zickafoose came on to toss the last two frames to earn a save.

Friday night in Emma, Westview spotted visiting Lakewood Park a 3-0 lead before roaring back to win, 14-4.

A four-run third inning by the Warriors quickly erased the Lakewood Park advantage. Westview would tack on two runs in both the fourth and fifth frames, then ended the contest with a six-run sixth.

Zickafoose had another fine night at the dish for the Warriors, driving in two runs with a triple, a double and a single. Luke Miller also collected three hits and drove in a run. Weaver had two singles and Yoder, Brandenberger, Darren Stillson, Jared Berkey and Jamin Lambright all poked RBI hits.

Mike Hicks pitched all five innings for Westview. Hicks scattered eight hits, walked two and struckout eight.

The 14-10 Warriors face Bremen Thursday night in the semifinal round of the LaVille sectional.