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Fast start, big finish

Westview scores nine runs in the top of the first inning vs. Jesuit


BEAVERTON — Big mo.by: MILES VANCE - THE Z MAN - Westview senior Connor Zwetsch delivers a pitch during his team's 15-4 win at Jesuit on Tuesday afternoon. Zwetsch limited Jesuit to just three hits and struck out 13 in the victory.

Westview's got it, and everybody else wants it.

The Wildcat baseball team, coming off a three-game sweep of Aloha in week one of the 2013 Metro League season, kept its momentum rolling big-time on Tuesday, pouring across nine runs in the top of the first inning and using that fast start to set the pace in its 15-4 victory over Jesuit at Jesuit High School.

The win lifted Westview's Metro League record to 4-0 (10-3 overall) and kept it in a first-place tie with Southridge, while the Crusaders fell to 2-2 in league (9-5 overall) and sole possession of third place.

“Every time we play Jesuit, we want to come out energized so that's what we talked about before the game,” said Westview senior right fielder Ray Ayo, who went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored twice in the win. “We definitely came out energized today, came out and put up nine runs.”

That fast start was key to the success of Westview senior right-hander Connor Zwetsch, who allowed just three hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out 13.

“It definitely relaxed me,” Zwetsch said of his team's huge first at-bat. “Even the weather relaxed me. The sun being out made me feel good. I threw and I think I did well.”

On the other side of the coin, Jesuit knew that it had not played to its potential and left Tuesday's game anxious to get to game two of their series (held yesterday after the Valley Times' press deadline) as soon as possible.

by: MILES VANCE - TURN TWO - Jesuit senior second baseman Buddy Webb tries to turn a double play with Westview sophomore Parker Kelly sliding in during the Wildcats' 15-4 victory at Jesuit on Tuesday.

“They're a good hitting team, they have good pitching and I just hope we come back and respond tomorrow,” said Jesuit senior Trent Werner, who went 1 for 3 at the plate and scored his team's first run in the bottom of the first. “We've got (Wednesday) and Thursday to show what we can do, and obviously, we think we're a better ball team than that. We'll just have to show up tomorrow and see if we can get it done.”

That said, it was Westview that got it done and got it done big time on Tuesday. Facing Jesuit starter Nick Choruby in the top of the first inning, the Wildcats sent 14 batters to the plate, banged out seven hits and poured across nine runs to take total control of the contest.

Highlights from that watershed first at-bat included Jeremy Erisman's two-run double to right field, a Kyle Cox single to left that brought home two more, a Tyler Niles squeeze bunt that plated Parker Kelly, and two runs from Niles.

“I just think we saw the ball really good today and just put the ball in places they weren't,” said Ayo, who singled and scored in Westview's huge first. “That's mainly what it was.”

With the die cast in that first inning — Westview knocked Choruby from the game after nine batters and six runs — Zwetsch was free to do his thing with virtually no pressure. He responded in grand fashion, striking out two hitters in both the first and second innings, setting the Crusaders down with three straight K's in the third, adding two more in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth, and finally, one more in Jesuit's three-run seventh.

“The runs we scored in the first inning, every pitcher in the world dreams of that in the first inning,” Zwetsch said. “I got in the groove and I just threw the ball and threw well.”

The Wildcats kept scoring too, adding single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, two more in the fifth and one on the sixth to close out their day. Senior second baseman Sam Love had RBIs in the second and fourth innings, sophomore pinch hitter Teagan Lind added a two-run double off the left field fence in the fifth and Zwetsch forced home his team's final run in the sixth with a bases-loaded walk.

Jesuit got its offense untracked — briefly at least — against Zwetsch in the bottom of the seventh, getting an RBI single from Wyatt Neff, a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Ken Carlson and an RBI groundout by Colton French to close out the scoring.

For the game, Niles went 2 for 5, knocked in a run and scored four times, Kelly was 2 for 3, scored once and drove in one, and Cox went 2 for 3, scored once and knocked in one.

“They're a great baseball team, obviously, and they can sure hit and getting down 9-0 after the first inning, it's tough to come back from that,” Werner added.

The two teams played again yesterday (Wednesday) after the Valley Times' press deadline, and play the series finale at 4:45 p.m. today (Thursday) at Jesuit. Next week, Jesuit plays at Southridge at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and hosts the Skyhawks at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, while the Wildcats host Beaverton at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and play at Beaverton at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.



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