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Westerners pound out 20 hits as they topple Gehlen

Thursday, June 5, 2003

Randall Waterbury
Akron-Westfield put a complete game together with solid pitching from Brett Stolpe and a great game offensively with 20 hits as they beat Gehlen Catholic, 7-0 on Wednesday, June 4.

Akron-Westfield (1-3 overall) jumped out to a four run lead in the first inning. Gehlen would have their chances though with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, but Westerner pitcher Stolpe was able to get out of the jam.

Gehlen Catholic head coach Marty Kurth said A-W came out swinging.

"They came out on fire. They had three straight hits to start the game and then they had a big two out hit by Corey DeRocher and put four on in the first inning," Kurth said. "They got the big hits when they need it with runners on base and we did not. They just hit the baseball hard all over the place tonight."

The Westerners would score one run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings as they earned their first victory of the year. Randall Waterbury went 4- for-5 with a home run to lead the Westerners, Corey DeRocher and Jesse Heeren each went 2 for 4.

Akron-Westfield head coach Walt Wendel said his team hit the ball extremely well.

"After the first inning, the confidence was there. We had some errors, but we rebounded back," Wendel said. "In this particular game, we hit the ball every inning. In the other three games, we hit the ball the first couple innings, and then we would have three or four innings where we would get no-one on base."

Stolpe pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Lance LeRibeus started for Gehlen, allowing 11 hits, four earned runs and one walk while striking out four in three innings of work. Joe Wells went four innings, allowing nine hits and two earned runs while striking out three.

Wendel said this game was a confidence booster for the team.

"It was a big win because we've been short because of the state track meet," Wendel said. "The seven kids that went to the state track meet were baseball players, so I was shortened up with guys from the get go, now we have everybody back."

In baseball action on Monday, June 2, Gehlen Catholic (1-1) slipped by West Sioux, 3-2.

Gehlen scored two runs in the fifth inning off of Derek Christoffel's RBI single and Joe Well's RBI single. The Jays would score one run in the seventh en route to the one-run victory.

Kyle Britton pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs, six hits and one walk while striking out eight.

Kurth said it was nice to get the victory.

"We scored just enough to win in that game. Kyle Britton pitched a heck of a ball game for us, he was around the plate all night long, giving up only one walk while striking out eight," Kurth said. "We played pretty solid defense, we had only four hits on the night but we were able to cross three runs. We just need to be more consistent at the plate right now."

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