Hunt Shines On Mound, At Plate In Westfield Victory
WESTFIELD – Nolan Hunt did it all for Westfield (7-3, 4-0) Tuesday afternoon as the Wolverines dropped the Clymer Pirates (1-1, 1-1), 8-1, during Division 2 West baseball action.
Hunt went the distance on the hill, allowing a run on four hits, striking out 11, walkimg one and went 3 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and five RBIs.
“He was ahead the whole game,” Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. “He hasn’t pitched in a week, he only pitched once in South Carolina. And with the cold and the wind, I was really impressed how he found the strike zone in this weather.”
The Wolverines jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI double off the bat of Hunt and added four more runs in the third on a Hunt two-run single and an RBI single off the bat of Robbie Burgess.
“He had been struggling a little at the plate,” Kaltenbach said of Hunt. “Not really in a slump, but it was really nice that he swung the bat well and pitched a good game.
“It was the same for (Burgess) too,” Kaltenbach added. “The whole team had been in a little funk hitting, so it was Robbie who kind of broke out. Now we need other guys to break out too.”
Hunt added a two-run double in the sixth followed by an RBI double by Burgess for the final Westfield runs. Burgess finished 2 for 3 at the plate while Tanner Dahl added a pair of hits in three at-bats and scored three runs.
Andrew Heil suffered the loss on the mound for the Pirates, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits while striking out three and walking as many in a complete-game effort. Adam Einink went 2 for 2 at the plate, including an RBI single in the top of the seventh that produced Clymer’s only run of the game.