WESTFIELD – While Westfield High School celebrates its first baseball championship in 10 years, one former Bomber is enjoying a milestone moment of his own.
Aidan Dunn, a 2018 graduate of Westfield High, and his No.1-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors won their NCAA D3 Super Regional recently, punching their ticket to the D3 World Series. The college summer classic will run through June 8 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where a D3 champion will be crowned.
The Warriors advanced after sweeping Rowan University in a best-of-3 series in Willimantic, Conn. Prior to the World Series, Dunn put together an impressive record 5-0 and clung to a 1.87 ERA thru 57.2 innings with only 12 earned runs allowed to go with 57 strikeouts.
“Aidan was a hard-nosed ball player and I’m sure that hasn’t changed,” Westfield High School baseball head coach Mike Kennedy said.
Dunn was called up to fill in late in his sophomore season.
“His play was superb,” coach Kennedy said. “He hustled in the outfield.”
Although he did not make a mound appearance for Westfield during his first year on varsity, Dunn’s pitching career took off his junior and senior years. He also pitched for the Whip City’s Futures Collegiate Baseball League ball club, the Westfield Starfires, in 2019.
Dunn’s collegiate postseason pedigree began to manifest on May 16 when he pitched a complete game, going seven innings, allowing five hits, one run, and punching out five en route to a 16-1 ECSU win against UMASS-Dartmouth.
He continued to shine May 20 in a closer role, garnering a save against Swarthmore College Garnet, closing the door in the first game of regionals leading to a 10-7 ECSU victory.
Another moment that showcased Dunn’s talents was on May 22, when he went seven strong innings, scattering six hits. Charged with three earned runs, Dunn’s only real blemish in that game was letting up a run during the first inning and walking two runners in the eighth, finishing his night. The other two runs were attached to his pitching line when the reliever would cough up a first pitch HR to Middlebury.
ECSU clinched a 5-4 victory on a walk-off against Middlebury College.
A trip to the World Series is something too familiar to Dunn. This is the second time he punched a ticket to the summer classic. Dunn’s first trip was when his Westfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old team advanced to the finals in Ocala, FL, in 2014. – Chris Putz contributed to this story