Class 6 State Semi & Final Wrap up

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6A State Semifinal 1

Westfield 9, Ocean Lakes 7

Westfield's 7-0 start to the game proved to be enough to secure them a win in the 6A state semifinal versus Ocean Lakes. The game was suspended in the bottom of the second inning with Westfield already having the 7-run lead. In the 4th inning, Ocean Lakes put up their best effort at a huge comeback, scoring 5 runs off of a Jonny Wall grand slam and another RBI from Aiden Pinto.

Westfield reliever Danny Leo was able to come in in the top of the 5th inning and secure the win. He only allowed one run in three innings of relief, with his lone mistake being a home run from Pinto. His performance, as well as two insurance runs added on, helped lift Westfield to advance to the 6A state championship, beating Ocean Lakes 9-7.

6A State Semifinal 2

Lake Braddock 9, James River 7

A big 5th inning was the difference in this state semifinal matchup, as Lake Braddock was able to defeat James River, 9-7. Lake Braddock took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the 1st, with Andrew Schaeb driving a run with a single. James River would answer for that in the top of the 3rd, as Will Riley hit a 2-run home run to dead center, giving James River a 2-1 lead. Lake Braddock would then respond in the bottom of the 3rd, as Ryan Cuadros had a solo home run of his own to tie the game at 2.

James River was the first team to strike in the 5th inning, as Will Jordan was able to draw a bases loaded walk, giving them a 3-2 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Lake Braddock would tie the game when Bobby Lietzel drove in a run while reaching on an error. Schaed would then plate 2 more runs with a single, giving Lake Braddock the lead. Jay Cassady would follow that up with a bases loaded triple, breaking the game open for the Bruins. They would plate one more run on a suicide squeeze executed by Max Greeney. James River would add on three runs in the top of the 6th inning from a 3-run home run from Alex Balisteri, but that was not quite enough, as Cassady was able to finish the job for the Bruins. Lake Braddock advances to the 6A state championship.


Lake Braddock 6, Westfield 2

It was a back and forth game in the beginning, but in the end Lake Braddock was able to come out on top in a 6-2 victory over Westfield. The scoring started in the top of the 2nd inning, when Jay Cassady drove in the first run of the game. That lead did not last long, as Danny Leo had an RBI double in the bottom half of the second to tie the game up. Nick Lottchea also had an RBI for Westfield, giving them their second and last run in the second inning of the game.

From there, Lake Braddock took over. Mike Weidinger had an RBI single in the 3rd inning to tie the game up. Then in the 5th inning, the Bruins took the lead on a RBI double from Ryan Cuadros. Andrew Schaeb followed that up with an RBI single, and then Cassady later tacked on another RBI with a sacrifice. In the 6th inning, Lyle Miller-Green hit a deep home run to left field, giving the Bruins an extra insurance run. Schaeb and Cassady were the only two pitchers to pitch in the game for Bruins, as Schaeb gave them a good start, only allowing 2 runs. Cassady came in relief and did not allow a run, securing the state title for Lake Braddock.