By Steve Peterson
After scoring nine, 12 and 16 runs in the previous three games, one expected a low-scoring contest sooner or later for Akron-Westfield’s baseball team.
The Westerners showed they could win those games, too, as they edged Gehlen Catholic, 3-2 at Sargent Field on June 5.
The battle with the Jays was tied 2-2 after three innings.
A-W left the bases loaded in the fourth without scoring but came through the next inning.
Cole Oltmanns led off the fifth inning with a walk. Cory Eskra reached on a single. Oltmanns took third when Chet Willer flew out. Gregg Taylor then came up with an RBI ground out to score Willer for a 3-2 lead.
Willer pitched out of jams for six-and-one-third innings of work, allowing four hits, seven walks and struck out five for the win. Eskra came on and got the final two outs in the Gehlen Catholic seventh inning.
The A-W outfield of Jacob Neubrand in left, Oltmanns in center and Devon Myers in right field turned in some nice catches.
“After the last game (a 16-12 win over Spalding Catholic in nine innings) it was great to play a ‘clean’ game. We had some mental errors that gave them some bases but no runs. Willer pitched well as he really battled as did Cory,” said A-W Coach Gordy Johnson.
“The seniors are a great group who keep the underclassmen in line.” said Johnson.
A-W improved to 7-3 on the season with the War Eagle Conference win.
The Westerners had six hits and two walks against the Jays (2-6 record). The Jays had four hits and seven walks.
Offensively for A-W, Willer was 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Oltmanns was 1-for-2 with one walk.
Taylor, Caleb Colt and Neubrand were all 1-for-3.
Aaron Allard scored a run, and Eskra had a walk.
A-W will host Remsen Union on June 12; Unity Christian visits June 14; South O’Brien is at Paullina with a 4:30 p.m. start on June 17 and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn visits on June 21, all WEC contests. All games start at 6:00 p.m. unless noted.