Freshman Justin Bour has already had made big impact in his brief stay with Westfield's varsity baseball team.
Called up from the junior varsity squad last week, Bour earned a save in the seventh-ranked Bulldogs' victory over Osbourn Park last Saturday, and pitched 42/3 scoreless innings of relief before driving in the game-winning run yesterday in a 4-3 extra-innings victory over West Springfield in the Wooden Bat Tournament at W.T. Woodson.
Bour, a 6-foot-2 left-hander who fires an upper-seventies mph fastball, yielded one hit and struck out four after taking the mound in the top of fifth.
Bour then proved equally clutch at the plate. With one out in the bottom of the eighth, he lined a high fastball to the warning track in center field, scoring junior Chris Wilson from third base.
Bour hopes his performance over the past three days proves good enough to land a permanent spot in the lineup this season.
"It's pretty fun up here [on varsity]," Bour said. "I don't want to go back down. . . . I expected to come up and throw a couple of innings. I really didn't expect anything like this."
In the second game, Osbourn Park senior right-hander Adam Jordan yielded two earned runs over 62/3 innings to lift the Yellow Jackets past W.T. Woodson, 7-3.
Bour's performance has helped fill the void for a pair of injured starters. Bulldogs ace Louis Ullrich is out with a back injury, and right fielder Steven Ellis is expected to miss another two weeks with a knee injury.
Sophomore left-hander John Lloyd, also a junior varsity call-up, started for Westfield (7-2) and yielded three runs in 32/3 innings.
Westfield failed to convert a pair of opportunities to put the game away. Sophomore Brandon Snyder evened the score at 3 with a fifth-inning, run-scoring single and set the stage for a big inning with two runners on and no outs. But Matt Campbell followed with a ground ball to shortstop that led to a pair of rundowns and two outs. West Springfield sophomore pitcher Kiernan Whitworth forced a popup to end the inning.