Williamson, Cranford shut Westfield down

Williamson, Cranford shut Westfield down

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Williamson, Cranford shut Westfield down

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Westfield High School’s baseball team ran into one of the top senior aces in the state Sunday and Ryan Williamson threw like one.

Cranford’s lefty threw a complete game four-hitter at Kean University to lift the unbeaten and top-seeded Cougars to a 8-0 win and their eighth Union County Tournament championship.

Third-seeded Westfield (11-10) was hoping to win its second straight county title and 14th overall. But the North Carolina State University-bound hurler was dominant.

Catcher Mike Ionta had single and walk for Westfield, which couldn’t take advantage of early opportunities.

The Blue Devils had second and third and one out in the third, but Williamson (7-0) struck out the next two batters .

Cranford took command in the fourth courtesy of a Blue Devils mistake. With runners on first and second and no out, Westfield senior starter Kevin Galasso fielded an attempted sacrifice bunt and threw to third for a force out, but the ball was dropped.

The Cougars (17-0) followed with a walk, hit and sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Cranford senior Chris Folinusz, who came in hitting .404, had two hits and a double.

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