FEATURE: Hawley left-hander Balch a tone-setter in strong Bearcats rotation

When Westyn Balch takes the mound for Thursday’s regional semifinal series opener against Ropes, he’ll feel right at home. 

The Hawley junior is no stranger to setting the tone in a Game 1. Balch has victories over Coleman, Christoval and Stamford this postseason, compiling a 1.87 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 15 innings. 

Hawley coach Jamie Seago knows he has three quality starters he can rely on. It’s one of the reasons the Bearcats (23-9) are still playing. 

And he also knows what to expect from his left-hander every time out. 

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