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Westfield captures fourth division crown in five years

May 15, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CLYMER, May 8 - For the fourth time in five years, the Westfield Wolverines (13-4, 11-0) are divisional champions.

The Wolverines clinched the CCAA West II title with a 3-2 victory over Clymer, behind the pitching of Robbie Burgess.

Burgess went the distance with 10 strikeouts, two walks and yielding five hits.

Of Westfield's 11 league victories this season, five have come via shutout and in three games, the opponents have scored just one run.

"Robbie is our senior captain and he gutted it out," Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. "Our pitching has been dynamite this year. This could be the best pitching staff I've ever had and I've had some good ones."

The Wolverines got on the board in the second inning as Joe Quagliana ripped an RBI single to score Jonathan Wilson. Quagliana scored on a sacrifice fly from Greg Schroeder.

In the third inning, Westfield took a 3-0 lead as Nolan Hunt hit a leadoff double and scored on a Burgess single.

Clymer cut the deficit, 3-1, in the fourth inning, and in the seventh, Jake Wiggers belted a two-out solo home run to make the score 3-2.

Burgess struck out the next batter to end the game and clinch the title.

"We still have a very young team," Kaltenbach said. "Honestly, they are not overly excited. They want to finish the league undefeated. That's more important for Sectional seeding. We had high expectations. No matter how many times you win, it's still an accomplishment."

Wiggers was the Pirates' lone bright spot as he had a home run and double offensively. On the mound, he pitched a complete game with five strikeouts, two walks and seven hits.



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