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DWS waxes Westfield in region tilt

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Fair or foul? It probably didn't matter.

Deerfield-Windsor used a controversial three-run homer in the sixth inning to bust open Monday's GISA Region 3-AAA game against Westfield, then went on to win, 7-1.

The Knights (8-1, 2-1 Region 3-AAA) led the Hornets, 4-0, going into the sixth when junior shortstop Banks Kinslow sent a long fly ball down the left field line that landed foul beyond the fence. Umpires ruled that the ball crossed the top of the fair/foul pole and awarded Kinslow the homer.

"(The ump) called it fair, so I guess it's fair," Kinslow said with a matter-of-fact tone. "It's in the books so I'll take it. I looked back and the sun was in my face, so I couldn't see. I just kept jogging and then saw the umpire circle his finger."

Kinslow was nearly to third before the home plate umpire made the call after running down the line to get a better vantage point. Knights coach Rod Murray, who may have had the best view from the third base coach's box, said there was no doubt in his mind.

"He hooked it around that foul pole, I guarantee you," Murray said. "It's not where it lands, it's where it went out of the park and that thing hooked around the top of (the pole). That was huge. They're a quality baseball team, so we're excited about that win."

Of course, all of Deerfield felt the umps got the call right. Well, almost everyone.

"It was foul," Knights left fielder Davis Moore joked as he walked by Kinslow, ribbing his teammate about the controversial hit.

While the fair/foul controversy was the talk afterward, Deerfield's Chris Moates and his arm was the real story. Moates dominated Westfield for 5 2/3 innings and didn't give up a hit until pitch No. 93 -- his last pitch of the game. That pitch left the yard, a solo homer by Westfield's Lane Dixon.

Moates picked up his third win of the year, allowing just one run on one hit. He walked four and struck out seven. Rhett Cooper came on in relief and pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless baseball to close out the game.

"That was another good, solid outing by (Moates)," Murray said. "Two pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter against a good swinging bunch."

Kinslow finished the day 2-for-3. Moates was 3-for-3. Cooper added an RBI double in the win.

Westfield's Wayne O'Neil allowed six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings pitched on six hits. He walked three and struck out three. Dixon was 1-for-1 with a walk for the Hornets (6-7, 2-1 Region 3-AAA).

DWS travels to Brookwood on Friday for a 5 p.m. start in Region 3-AAA play.