Don Gentile American Legion Post 532W (Westland) baseball coach Greg Burke said his team can probably hit with anybody in District 12.

Don Gentile American Legion Post 532W (Westland) baseball coach Greg Burke said his team can probably hit with anybody in District 12.

He added that with consistent pitching the team could enjoy more success in district play.

Post 532W was 7-4 before playing Westerville Post 171C (Central) last Thursday.

The squad will return to action Monday at Post 532R (Ready).

"Obviously, our concern is having enough pitching to go into any extended tournament run," Burke said. "Losing Tyler Brumfield with that injury took a good, good pitcher away from us. We're trying to fill in right now."

Brumfield was injured after colliding with centerfielder Josh Staszak in a game against Hilliard Post 614B (Davidson) on June 9.

Post 532W snapped a two-game losing streak in a 10-6 win against Dublin Post 800 last Tuesday at Scioto.

Post 532W took a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning before securing the victory with three runs in the seventh inning.

Aaron McKenzie, who joined the team last week, was the winning pitcher. McKenzie will be a senior at Groveport.

Sean Clutter pitched out of a jam in the fifth, and Anthony Bills earned the save in his first pitching appearance.

Kyle Beard had three hits, and Clutter, Ryan Baker, Jake Hampshire and Hayden Thornton each had two.

Landon Wolfe, who also joined the team last week and will be a junior at Ready, had a key hit in the three-run seventh.

Cody Pennell was the winning pitcher in a 5-4 win against Bexley Post 432 (Hartley) on June 18.

Joey Stolpa had two hits, including a three-run home run. Bills, Hampshire and Staszak each had two hits. Bills hit a solo home run.

Post 532W led Westerville Post 171N (North) 6-0 in the first inning before falling 8-6 last Friday. Bills singled twice.

Hilliard Post 614C (Darby) defeated Post 532W 4-0 last Monday. Bills had the lone hit.

"We could be doing better," Clutter said. "There are times when we do hit, and there are times when we don't. That's just how it goes. We can go pretty deep in the tournament if our pitching keeps up and we hit."

"I just have a bunch of good kids, and I think people find out about that and they want to come play here," Burke said.

•The Westside team received a pair of solid pitching performances from Lucas Pencek to improve to 4-5 before playing Dublin Coffman last Friday.

The Cougars will return to action Monday at Olentangy.

Pencek, who returned to the lineup after pulling a back muscle in the opener, turned in a complete-game effort in a 9-1 win over London on June 18.

Esteylon Martinez and Brandon King each had two hits.

Westside bounced back from a 6-4 loss to Dublin Jerome last Tuesday to defeat St. Charles 9-3 last Wednesday.

Pencek improved to 2-0.

The Cougars sealed the win with four runs in the seventh.

Pencek helped his cause with a double and single, and J.J. Nicholson and Evan Riley each had two hits.

"We're a fun team. We know each other," Pencek said. "We've known each other since our freshman year. We're playing pretty decent. We need to talk a little bit more and hit the ball."

Before last Wednesday, Nicholson was leading the team in hitting with a .558 average followed by Martinez (.550), Kevin Simms (.407), King (.400), Jose Reyes (.375), Giles Davis (.313) and Brody Seiler (.313).

"We're hitting overall as a team, but we're still leaving guys on base," coach Mike Simms said.

"Every game that we have lost has been close. I keep telling our guys that if we play our game, we shouldn't lose a game because we're in every game and the games that we do lose is because we're leaving somebody on base or giving away a run. Our pitching has been really good. Lucas has been really hot for us."