WESTTOWN -- Frank Siderio doesn't consider himself a home run hitter.
With the way the ball traveled off Siderio's bat in the first inning Saturday afternoon, the Westtown slugger might want to reevaluate that statement.
Instead, Siderio was nonchalant about the hit and just smiled after watching the ball go over the fence.
"I wasn't trying to hit one out,' Siderio said with a smile. "If the ball does go (out of the park), then good for me.'
Siderio's two-run homer paved the way for the Westtown lineup as the Express hit double-digit runs in the first four innings en route to a 10-7 win over Caln in a Chester County American Legion game at West Chester Rustin High School.
The top of the Westtown (9-7) lineup feasted upon Caln starter Brandon Magowan early, starting in the bottom of the first.
Magowan hit leadoff hitter Nick Ward to start the bottom of the first. Once Ward was on first base, he knew exactly what to do to help generate some offense.
"My job is to get on base and steal a couple bags when I can,' Ward said. "How the other guys hit in this lineup, (stealing bases) is really all I have to do.'
Ward stole second and third easily to put himself in scoring position for Siderio. Westtown's No.3 hitter took it from there.
Siderio took a Magowan fastball deep to left-center to give Westtown a 2-0 lead. He was hoping to get a good swing after watching Magowan pitch to Ward and Andrew Loucks prior to his at-bat.
"I was just trying to stay back and just put good wood on (the ball),' Siderio said. "I hit the ball perfectly and with this field, it was out of here.'
The Express added more runs of Magowan in the second on a two-run single by Ward to make it 4-0. Andrew Loucks later scored in the inning to give Westtown a 5-0 lead.
In the third, Ward faced Magowan with the bases-loaded and capitalized on the opportunity. His single scored Brendan Reichart to make it 6-0.
With Loucks due up next, he decided to break the game open. His two-run double scored Korey Leidheiser and Kevin Dougherty as Westtown took a commanding 8-0 lead as Magowan exited the game after three innings.
Ward, Loucks and Siderio went a combined 4-8 with seven RBI's against Magowan, which paved the way to the Express earning a commanding lead.
"When we're hitting, the top of the lineup is pretty dangerous,' Loucks said. "You can't take a team like Caln lightly. You have to go out, play and take care of them early.'
That was the game plan for Westtown and it worked to perfection, especially with starting pitcher Colin Sawyer on the mound.
Sawyer retired the Caln lineup in order through the first three innings and only had to work out of one jam all afternoon. In the fourth, Sawyer struck out Steve Mazzotta with the bases loaded to end his afternoon. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out six on 76 pitches.
"Colin was throwing really well today,' Siderio said. "He started getting tired at the end, but he's a good pitcher and got out of of trouble.'
Despite a 10-1 deficit after four innings, Caln (1-15) wouldn't go down looking. Instead, their bats got hot as the sun scorched the Rustin field.
The Seabees started a rally in the sixth after Gautam Gosway and Mazzotta got on base to start the inning. Dane Groce capitalized on the opportunity with a two-run double to make cut Caln's deficit to 10-4.
That's where the rally would end.
Groce was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple and ending the possibility of the Seabees pulling off a comeback of epic proportions.
Ben Fuller tacked on two-runs in the seventh on a double to make it 10-6. He later scored on a sacrifice by Gosway for Caln's final run.
Fuller finished 1-for-2 with three RBI's to lead the Seabees. Groce had two hits and two RBI's.
While Caln is fighting or its playoff life, Westtown is comfortably in with four regular season games remaining.
The Express have much higher expectations once the playoffs begin. They expect to be competing for the legion championship starting on Friday.
"We're playing great and everything is working right now,' Loucks said. "We're a really good team. If out hitting, fielding and pitching can keep working for us, we can beat anyone.'
Westtown 10, Caln 7
CALN ab r h bi WESTTOWN ab r h biMobile lf 4 0 0 0 Ward ss 4 1 2 3
Urbine ss 4 2 2 0 Loucks cf 4 1 1 2
Quigley cf 4 1 2 0 Siderio lf 3 1 1 2
Magowan p 3 1 1 0 Musselman dh 1 0 0 0
Fuller 1b 2 1 1 3 Metzger dh 1 1 1 0
Berardi c 3 0 0 0 Chambers c 3 1 0 0
Gosway 3b 4 1 1 1 Reichart 3b 1 1 1 0
Mazzotta rf 3 1 0 0 Coates 2b 2 1 0 1
Groce 3b 3 0 2 2 Leidheiser 1b 2 1 2 0
Dewitt 1b 2 0 0 0
Dougherty rf 3 2 1 0
Totals 30 7 9 6 Totals 26 10 9 8
Caln 000 112 3 -- 7
Westtown 233 200 x -- 102B - Groce (C) 2, Urbine (C), Quigley (C), Fuller (C) HR - Siderio (W).
IP H R BB SO
CalnMagowan, L 3 7 8 2 2
Gosway 1 0 2 1 0
Mazzotta 1 1 0 1 0
Groce 1 0 0 2 1WesttownSawyer, W 4 2 1 2 6
Kirk 2 4 3 3 2
Coates 1 3 3 0 0