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Mike Mastovich

June 13, 2010

Mike Mastovich | A historic hit for Westover

JOHNSTOWN — Drew Westover didn’t realize he had made history with a smash over the center fielder’s head during a recent AAABA League game.

Neither did his manager, Chris DelSignore, that night at Point Stadium.

The Delweld slugger became only the second player in franchise history to hit for the cycle during an 11-1 victory over Roxberry Creamery on June 4.

“When I hit the triple I

didn’t really even think about it,” Westover said of his sixth-inning blast. “I was standing on third and someone said, ‘You hit for the cycle.’ That’s when I thought about it.”

Westover doubled to left field in the first inning, ripped a solo homer over the screen in the fourth, singled in the fifth and tripled in the sixth. The Pitt-Johnstown product scored three runs and drove in two that night.

“I actually didn’t know he needed the triple for the cycle,” said DelSignore, whose team is in second place in the five-team AAABA League. “He hit the ball over the center fielder’s head and it kept rolling. I’m thinking I’m going to try to wave him around and get him two home runs for the game.

“The defense did a good job of getting the ball to the infield, and he wound up with a triple.”

Roxberry Creamery third baseman Nate Antone figured it out and told DelSignore.

“I didn’t realize until the third baseman said, ‘He hit for the cycle.’ I asked Drew, ‘Did you hit for the cycle?’ ” DelSignore said.

DelSignore believes the only other Delweld player to hit for the cycle is Andre Williams about a decade ago.

“Andre Williams did it in a game at UPJ against one of (manager) Len Beiter’s teams, maybe Assure Home Equity,” DelSignore said.

An outfielder, Westover said his strong finish at UPJ has carried over to the AAABA League season. He batted .358 while starting 45 games for the Mountain Cats. Westover doubled 10 times, tripled once and had eight homers and 39 RBIs.

“I got pretty hot at the end of the college season, and I’m just trying to keep up from there,” Westover said. “We get a lot of at-bats before we come down and play for the summer. I had 150 at-bats or so.”

Still, hitting for the cycle was unexpected.

“I’ve come close,” Westover said. “I hit two home runs and a double and a single but I don’t think I’ve ever hit for the cycle before.”

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