Sweeping things off

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The Westmont baseball team opened up its season with two double headers this past weekend at home against Ottawa University Arizona, who is competing in its first ever season as a baseball program. The Warriors started off their season with high energy and a sense of determination, going on to sweep the four-game series to start the season a perfect 4-0.

On Friday, during the first game of its season, the baseball team won 6-2, and also won its second game 5-0. During the first game, junior Taylor Bush led the team with two runs, two hits, two runs, and one RBI. Senior David Gaydos had five strikeouts over the course of the five innings he pitched. Senior Bay Buckley had a total of three strikeouts during the three innings he pitched.

During the second game, junior Luke Coffey led the team with one run, two hits, and three RBIs, including a two-run home run. Senior Toby Dunlap earned the win on the mound after recording six strikeouts during the six innings he pitched. This caused the Warriors to end the day with two wins.

In the first game on Saturday, the Warriors made a tremendous come back and defeated the Spirit 8-7 in 10 innings. They were down 5-1 going into the seventh inning, but due to their impressive efforts, they managed to go on an admirable run.

The Warriors snatched the lead from Ottawa University late in the game. Junior Todd Yost contributed two runs, two hits, and two RBIs, while senior Michael Stefanic had one hit and three RBIs.

The Warriors also won the second game, 11-6 in six innings, but the game was cut short due to darkness during the sixth inning. Justin Sanders pitched five shutout innings to earn the win. Taylor Garcia and Coffey each had two hits, while Yost, Isaiah Leach and Hayden Euper each had two RBI’s apiece. Euper’s two RBI’s came off a two-run home run.

“The main reason we were successful this weekend is because we never give up and we always believe that we will win no matter what,” said freshman infielder Alex Stufft while reflecting on their four victories over Ottawa University. “Moving forward we need to work on throwing more strikes late in games.”

This upcoming week, the Westmont Warriors play Bethesda University on Tuesday at home at 2 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, they have their first two Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) games on the road against the Arizona Christian Firestorm.


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