Caught in the Lions' Den
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Westmont’s baseball team hosted the Vanguard University Lions for their first GSAC (Golden State Athletic Conference) home series of the young season, but unfortunately, the Warriors were only triumphant in one of the three games they played this past weekend.
On Friday, the Warriors lost the first game of the series, 10-5. The Vanguard Lions had an early lead over the Westmont Warriors, which made it difficult for them to come back. By the end of the fourth inning, the Lions were already up 6-0 over the Warriors. However, the Warriors did an impressive job of holding the Lions scoreless for the next four innings. By the end of the eighth inning, the score was 6-3, with Vanguard still holding onto the lead. Westmont scored two more runs in the bottom of ninth, but only after Vanguard scored four runs in the top half of the ninth inning, causing the Westmont Warriors to lose the game 10-5.
For Westmont, senior Henry Hedeen had two hits, one run, and two of the team’s five RBIs. Sophomore Isaiah Leach had one hit, two runs, and one RBI. Senior David Gaydos had two strikeouts over the course of the four innings he pitched.
During the first of two games on Saturday, the Warriors redeemed themselves by beating the Lions 5-2. Westmont held an early lead over Vanguard with a score of 3-0 at the end of the third inning. The Lions scored one run in each of the fifth and eighth innings, but the Warriors won the game 5-2 after scoring twice more in the bottom of the eighth.
Junior Luke Coffey had three hits, including a two-run home run and scored two runs, while Hedeen also had three hits. Sophomore Taylor Garcia had two hits and scored one run. Junior Grant Gardner got the win on the mound after pitching seven innings, only allowing one unearned run, while recording five strikeouts.
During their third and final game, the Warriors fell to the Lions, 2-0. Vanguard scored once in the first inning and once in the sixth, while the Warriors remained scoreless throughout the duration of the game. Garcia and Coffey both had two hits for the Westmont Warriors. Toby Dunlap pitched an effective six innings on the mound, giving up two runs, but only one of them was earned. The Westmont Warriors now have a record of 3-3 in GSAC play, but have plenty of time to snag a few more conference wins.
This upcoming weekend, the Westmont Warriors, who currently have an overall record of 9-3, travel to Rocklin, CA to continue their GSAC play against William Jessup University on the road. The Westmont Warriors play at 2 p.m. on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., where the Warriors seek to gain more conference wins.