WESTFIELD, Massachusetts (July 13, 2023) – Luke Yuhasz and Josh Frometa launched long home runs as part of an eight-run barrage, helping the Westfield Starfires to a 10-4 win over the New Britain Bees at the Richards Jewelers Diamond at Billy Bullens Field on Thursday, July 13.
Westfield is now 20-22 on the campaign.
Jimmy Keenan opened the scoring on the first pitch of the second inning, hitting a towering shot over the scoreboard in left field. However, the Starfires countered quickly. Corey Zientek beat out a single to the left side, and advanced to second on a throwing error. Frometa and Jack Kent each worked walks to load the bases, and Kiernan Caffrey and Yuhasz both followed with RBI singles, as Caffrey laced an 0-2 grounder to right and Yuhasz lifted an 0-1 pitch to left, putting the home team ahead.
Two innings later, Westfield erupted. Frometa started off with a walk, and Caffrey singled to right again. Yuhasz stepped up, and with his first swing drilled the ball down the line and over the fence for a three-run shot for his second of the season.
Nick Serce then took a 3-1 pitch down the right-field line for a double, and J.D. Jones singled to left to bring him home. Jackson Haker walked, and Zientek singled again to load the bags for Frometa’s second plate appearance of the inning. On an 0-2 offering, the Chicopee native and American International College star connected, clearing the left-center fence for a grand slam, his fourth home run of the year, capping the eight-run frame.
The Bees nibbled away at the lead but were never truly in the game after that; Alex Oppenheimer fanned Keenan to close out the contest with a 10-4 final result.
Trey Yesu went six solid innings to earn the win, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Starfires will host Military Appreciation Night on Friday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. against the Brockton Rox, where the team will debut its new 5th Anniversary F-35 uniforms in honor of the 104th Fighter Wing stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base. Active duty military and veterans will receive free admission to the contest.