- Game Date
- Apr 27, 2012
- CHARGERS: 1
WESTFIELD HIGH: 4
Chantilly lost 4-1 to the Westfield Bulldogs on Friday night. In a close game where both teams had 8 hits and repeatedly threatened to score, Westfield benefitted from more timely hits, outstanding pitching, and a little bit of good fortune to defeat the Chargers.
After holding Westfield scoreless in the top of the first, Mike Sciorra led off the bottom of the inning for Chantilly with a clean single to left field. Next, in somewhat of a head-scratcher, Chantilly was called for interference at 2nd base on potential double-play ball easily beat out by Eason Recto– leading to 2 outs on the play. Sonny Romine and Sam Hellman each followed with singles but Westfield was able to keep the Chargers off the board despite three hits in the inning.
With two timely RBI hits Westfield was able to capitalize on a Chantilly error in the 2nd inning to score two unearned runs. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Jake Acosta smashed an opposite field double off the left-center field fence, but Chantilly was unable to get Acosta home.
Westfield continued to threaten with runners on base in each inning, but Chantilly’s defense stiffened to allow just one additional run through 6 innings. Highlights included two inning-ending Hellman to Acosta to Gittings 5-4-3 double plays. In the bottom of the 6th with 1 out, Eason Recto crushed a triple to right-center field but once again Chantilly could not take advantage of a scoring opportunity and Westfield led 3-0 after 6 complete innings.
In the top of the 7th, Westfield took a 4-0 lead on a 2-out home run past the left field foul pole that appeared to be a foul ball by several feet. Next, a walk put a Bulldog on base but catcher Kevin Johnston gunned out the runner trying to steal 2nd. In the bottom of the inning Daniel Speed singled to right field and advance to second base on a balk. Mike Sciorra followed with a clean RBI single to drive home Speed and put the Chargers on the board, but the rally stopped there.
Chantilly’s offense was led by Mike Sciorra (2 singles, RBI), Eason Recto (triple, single), and Daniel Speed (single, run). Also contributing were Jake Acosta (double), Sonny Romine (single, walk) and Sam Hellman (single). Tom Wood started the game for Chantilly and battled hard to allow just 1 earned run through 4 innings. Chris Fraser came on to relieve Wood in the 5th inning and pitched well for the Chargers to keep the game within reach. But, unlike the first meeting of these teams earlier this season, Chantilly did not score enough runs to come back and Westfield celebrated a well-earned Concord District road win.
Chantilly (11-4) next plays at Oakton on Tuesday night at 6:30.