Westland Hialeah Continues Hot Start By Defeating TERRA
Manager Jose Alvarez has had a project brewing for the past few years of getting Westland Hialeah to the point where they can compete among the counties best. This may be the season that Alvarez sees all of the programs hard work come to fruition.
The Wildcats took another step towards their goal of being a Miami powerhouse on Monday when they shut out the TERRA Institute 6-0. It was a big day for sophomore Kevin Madera. Starting his first varsity game on the mound, all Madera did was throw six innings of shutout ball. He totaled five strikeouts during his 86-pitch performance.
“It was Kevin’s first varsity start, and he threw a gem,” said Alvarez.
Of course, the offense did their share of the heavy lifting as well. Four Wildcat players, Michael Uz, David Vazquez, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Giovanni Arriera had two hits in the game.
In the top of the first inning Westland gave Madera some breathing room on the mound when they put up a four spot.
Uz hit a one out double, went to third on a Vazquez single, and scored on an error. Jorge Diaz had a walk, and Arriera a single in an inning that eventually saw Vazquez, Diaz, and Evander Hernandez all come around to score.
From there, it was Madera and Bryan Lavasita that combined to shut down the Wolves offense. The lone bright spot on the day for TERRA was Alex Garcia, who collected two of the Wolves six hits.
The win moves Westland’s record to 4-2, and 2-0 in 8A-16. Afterwords, Alvarez had a message for his team.
“If we keep working hard, good things will happen.”
The Wildcats get back into district play on Wednesday when they travel to play rival Reagan at 3:30.