In its path to the state title, Westport relied heavily on its No. 1A-1B duo of Harry Azadian and Chad Knight on the mound, while sprinkling in innings from Max Popken and Charlie Roof. That formula held true through the first three New England regional pool-play games, with Azadian and Knight logging 13 of the 17 innings.
Having all but locked up the top seed in the semifinals, Popken got a rare pitching start on Wednesday against Newton, Mass. The right-hander surrendered a two-run home run and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, throwing 20 pitches. Roof earned the win, allowing just one run in 2 1/3 innings.