Friday, July 8, 2011
Foxboro defeats Westwood 2-1 on late inning miscue.
It feels like the summer is just beginning, but as July 4th trails behind, so begins the final leg of the American Legion Baseball season. For Westwood Post 320, this season had some growing pains, as the team heads into Friday’s finale against Franklin with a 5-11-1 record overall. Thursday, the team faced a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to tournament hopeful Foxborough (8-9), who will try to pull off a win against Medfield on Friday, coupled with a Canton loss that would punch their post-season ticket. Post 320 has not been as fortunate. Thursday evening’s game at Russell Downes Field in Westwood proved to be a microcosm of Post 320’s season, as a few mental errors gave Foxborough a chance to put two runs on the board and spoil a great pitching…
Monday, June 20, 2011
With Sunday's loss, Westwood now moves to 2-2 for the season.
Something looked different about Foxboro Post 93 against Westwood Post 320. Trying to bounce back from a bad loss against Norwood, Foxboro looked determined to come out of the game with a win. “That team had a little giddy-up in their step today,” said Foxboro coach Bill Travers. Getting great hits and backed by a solid pitching performance by Tom Savageau, Foxboro picked up a solid win against Westwood, 5-1 on Sunday. It was the type of game that was over early on. With two on and a 3-2 count, Nick Carafa singled to score Steve Nagle and give Foxboro a 1-0 lead. Steve Fizmaurice continued the rally with a single to drive in Tom Brady and make it a 2-0 game for Foxboro. Fitzmaurice himself would make it home after a passed ball gave him a …
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The American Legion team scored 21 to knock Somerset out of the South Sectional Tuesday night.
Westwood Post 320 held off the second-seeded Somerset 21-18 in a South Sectional elimination matchup Tuesday night at Norwood's Balch Field. The game lasted three hours and twenty minutes and featured six different pitchers, 39 total runs, and 36 hits. Westwood set the tempo of the game early, scoring 13 runs and seeing three pitchers in the first inning alone. Jason Sementelli led the charge for Westwood, going 4-5 with five RBI. "I've played so many games lately and seen so many pitches," Sementelli said. "I'm just getting a good piece of the ball." Somerset battled all night in a game that saw runs being handed out left and right. Eight of the team's runs were provided by second baseman Jake SalPietro, who left the yard twice on the …
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Westwood opens action against top-seeded Bridgewater today in Norwood.
Westwood Post 320 finished fourth in the final District 6 standings after defeating District 6 East Quincy Post 294 in a best-of-three district playoff series. District 6 East regular season runner-up Milton claimed the District 6 championship after District 6 East top-seed Jamaica Plain was upset in the District playoffs by District 6 West 5th-seed Foxboro. Walpole took second, followed by Franklin, Westwood, and Foxboro. All five teams advance to the South Sectional bracket tournament, which begins today with day-night doubleheaders in Norwood, New Bedford and Braintree. Westwood was seeded fourth in Norwood's Bracket A behind District 10 champion Bridgewater, District 9 runner-up Somerset and Franklin, which finished in third in …
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The American Legion team rallied back from a six-run, second-inning deficit to record a series-clinching stalemate.
The third and deciding game of the District 6 playoff series between Westwood Post 320 and Quincy Post 294 ended in a 9-9 tie Friday night at Westwood's Downes Field. Thanks to a owning the tiebreaker, Westwood advances to the South Sectional Tournament with play beginning Sunday at a time and place to be determined against an opponent yet to be determined. "We win," said Westwood manager Dick Paster. "We had the tiebreaker." Trailing by six runs before the first out of the second inning was recorded, Paster went to his bullpen for Boston College rising sophomore Ryan Walsh. Walsh went the rest of the way, holding Walpole at bay long enough for the Post 320 bats to heat up and get back in the game. "He really saved the game for us," said …
Friday, July 16, 2010
Westwood Legion loses 4-0 on the road; the deciding game will be tonight in Westwood.
Quincy Post 294 kept its season alive with a 4-0 win over Westwood Post 320 in Game 2 of their best-of-three District 6 playoff series Thursday night at Quincy's Adams Field. Game 3 will be held at 5:45 tonight at Westwood High School's Downes Field. Oberlin College rising sophomore Greg D'Agincourt gets the start for Post 320. Westwood won the first game of the series 15-9 on Tuesday in Westwood. Xaverian Brother product Matt Glennon, who pitched for Division 3 UMass-Boston this spring, was the tough luck loser, giving up four runs - none earned - in a complete game, four-hit effort with three walks and five strikeouts. Westwood Post 320 leadoff man, shortstop T.J. Manning, went three-for-four to lead the Westwood offense. Westwood High …
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Legion baseball team travels to Quincy tonight.
Game 2 of Westwood Post 320's District 6 playoff series with Quincy Wednesday night was postponed by the heavy rain that swept the region. The game will be played at 7:30 tonight at Adams Field in Quincy, with the third game scheduled for 5:45 Friday at Downes Field in Westwood if neccessary. Westwood won the first game of the series on Tuesday, 15-9.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Westwood American Legion cruises to a 15-7 win over Quincy.
The Westwood Post 320 baseball team scored nine runs in the fifth inning Tuesday to take the first game of its best-of-three series 15-7 against visiting Quincy Post 294 in the opening round of the District 6 playoffs. The teams square off again at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Quincy's Adams Field for game two. If necessary, game three will be at 5:45 p.m. Thursday back at Westwood High School. After being shutout early, Westwood's hitters were able to adjust to Quincy starter Ryan Louis in their second at bats, according to Post 320 skipper Dick Paster. "We gutted it out," he said, "stayed in the ball game and then took the game away from them." Westwood (11-7), the No. 3 seed in the west division, was down 5-4 heading into the bottom of the …
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Westwood's American Legion team begins best-of-three series with Quincy tonight.
Westwood Post 320 begins District 6 playoff action tonight, hosting Quincy 294 at 5:45 at Westwood High School's Downes Field in Game 1 of a best-of-three series. Post 320 earned the third seed in District 6 West with a regular season record of 11-7 while Quincy enters the postseason with a record of 12-6. Game 2 will be played at 7:30 Wednesday at Quincy's Adams Field. If necessary, a deciding Game 3 will be held at 5:45 Thursday at Downes Field. In other zone playoffs, District 6 West champion Walpole (12-6) takes on District 6 East 5th-seed,Weymouth (10-7-1). District 6 East champion Jamaica Plain (14-4) faces #5 Foxboro (9-7-2), #2 Milton (13-3-2) meets #4 Norwood (10-8), and #4 Braintee (11-7) battles #2 Franklin (11-6-1). Series …
Friday, July 2, 2010
Westwood skipper seeks 300th win against Needham today.
Dick Paster only got to realize his baseball dreams for a few years, but, for decades now, he's helped hundreds of others pursue theirs. "I like to see the high school underclassmen come in, develop and go on to play college ball," said Paster, who's coached the Westwood Legion team to 299 wins over his 22 years. "I like to see a guy come on and get a chance." Today, he has a shot to capture his 300th win, when his Post 320 squad (7-5) hosts Needham (4-7) at 5:45 p.m. at Westwood High School. It's been more than 40 years since the 64-year-old Paster got his big chance. After a stellar senior season at Northeastern University, Paster, a Brookline native, was drafted by his hometown Boston Red Sox. An outfielder, who batted cleanup …