Season opening shutouts
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Westmont’s baseball team started off their season with an opening double header against Corban University this past Friday. The Warriors defeated Corban University in both games, giving them a record of 2-0 thus far. Their series against the Corban Warriors was supposed to continue on to Saturday, but due to the unfortunate weather conditions, the game was rained out.
In the first of two games, the Warriors were triumphant with a score of 5-0 over Corban University. The Warriors scored their first run when senior Luke Coffey hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left field, scoring senior Bryce Morison from third. Next, the Warriors scored off junior Taylor Garcia’s RBI sacrifice fly to right field, where first-year Paul Mezurashi scored, giving Westmont a 2-0 lead. Then, the Warriors earned their next two runs off senior Taylor Bush’s triple down the left field line, scoring junior Isaiah Leach and Coffey, giving Westmont a lead of 4-0 over Corban. Lastly, Bush scored off senior Lucas Still’s RBI single through the left side. Senior Grant Gardner got the win on the mound, pitching seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts.
In the second game, Westmont also defeated Corban University, this time by a score of 2-0. The Warriors scored their first run off Leach’s triple down the right field line, where Coffey scored. They scored their second run off Bush’s RBI sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Leach, giving Westmont a 2-0 lead. Corban remained scoreless in both games against the Westmont Warriors. Cory Dawson earned the win, pitching five innings with an impressive ten strikeouts.
“We were all really excited to get back on the field and compete after spending the last five months practicing every day and it really showed with the results from our first two games,” said redshirt sophomore Daniel Netz. “Our pitchers were locked in from the start and brought everything they had not giving up a single run and shutting out Corban in both games.”
He continued, “It felt great to go on the field against real opponents after so many weeks of inter-squads and practice, but it has definitely prepared us for this season. We have a really talented group of guys this year, and I am very confident that we will have a great run for playoffs and opportunity to compete for the national tournament, but right now we are focused on just playing one game at a time.”
The Warriors will host British Columbia on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this upcoming week and try to continue its undefeated start to the season.
“There are very high expectations since we are ranked in the top-25 preseason teams and had a great playoff run last year, but we aren’t going to let the stats or predictions distract us, and instead will stay focused on our plan and ability to compete,” said Netz.