By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
After missing the postseason in 2018, Westwood High School baseball had a massive turnaround year in 2019. The Wolverines finished the regular season 11-9 and earned the No. 7 seed in Division II South.
Once the postseason started, the Westwood boys flipped the switch, shutting out No. 10 Dighton-Rehoboth, 3-0, in the first round before grinding out a 4-3 upset win against No. 2 Whitman-Hansen in the quarterfinals. The Wolverines continued their winning trend with a 6-2 victory in the semifinals against No. 11 Oliver Ames.
During the 2019 regular season, Westwood went 1-1 against TVL rival Hopkinton. The Wolverines and top-seed Hillers met for a third and final time last June to crown a sectional champion. Unfortunately, Hopkinton emerged with a 7-4 victory to claim the South championship, and Westwood's season ended in heartbreak.
Westwood returned a massive senior class in 2020, determined to lead their team back to the sectional title game and finish the job. However, the chance to do that never came. Before a single pitch was thrown, the entire MIAA spring athletic season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Westwood High School athletics recently gave tribute to the Wolverine baseball seniors on social media, honoring all nine of them for their contributions to the program throughout the last four years.
For Westwood baseball's 2020 senior class: Chris Abbatangelo, Jimmy Bean, Dan DeLorey, Liam Dullea, Jared Eramo, Kevin McDonald, Jacob Nguyen, Dylan Perkins and Jake Pfaff, their final high school baseball memory will be a sectional final loss to Hopkinton during their junior year. To say this hurts would be a massive understatement. This group did so much to help change the culture and the direction of Westwood High School baseball after a really tough year in 2018. It is downright tragic that this group will not be able to gear up for one final go together. Adding insult to injury: the 2020 summer Legion season was also recently cancelled; any of these seniors who planned on playing for Westwood Post 320 this summer will not even get the opportunity.
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