WESTFIELD, Massachusetts (June 7, 2022) – The Westfield Starfires continued their strong pitching and hot offense, defeating the Norwich Sea Unicorns 8-1 in a Futures Collegiate Baseball League matchup at Bullens Field on Tuesday, June 7.
The Starfires move to 9-3 on the season and remain in first place in the league standings.
In the Starfires half of the second inning, Daniel Burnett singled and stole second before Noah Campanelli drove him in. After advancing to second after the single and third on a wild pitch, Brendan Jones singled to bring Campanelli in and put the Starfires up 2-0. Before the inning ended, Jackson Hornung also hit a single to add to the lead.
In the third, Caleb Stelly walked and stole second before Burnett singled again to give the Starfires a 4-0 lead.
The Sea Unicorns got on the board in the fifth inning when Cameron Maldonado hit a triple to kick off the offense and Alex Irizarry hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive him in. In the bottom half of the inning, the Starfires scored one run of their own when Patrick D’Amico doubled and came home on a Campanelli single, making the score 5-1 in favor of Westfield
In the seventh inning, the Starfires added to their lead, putting the game out of reach. After a Stelly double and a sacrifice fly to move him to third, Campanelli would record another RBI on a sacrifice fly. Gunnar Johnson was then hit by a pitch, moved to third on Jones’ single, and scored on Luca Giallongo’s double. Jones also scored due to an error on the play, putting the Starfires up 8-1.
Starfires starting pitcher Max Moss went six strong innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out two. Kevin Zarnoch Jr. pitched the final three innings, striking out five and allowing two hits to earn a save.
Starfires Manager Kyle Dembrowski commented on the importance of having both strong pitching and bats, something that was also present in Sunday’s win against the Nashua Silver Knights.
“It’s a great combination to have. The cool thing about that, having a good pitching staff and a good lineup is, one can not necessarily have the best day and the other is going to pick them up,” Dembrowski said.
The Starfires will look to continue their strong pitching and dominant offense tomorrow against the New Britain Bees at 10:30 a.m. at Bullens Field.
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