Sweeping the Thunderbirds
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The #25 Westmont baseball team played the University of British Columbia this past week and swept the Thunderbirds, winning all four games. The Warriors currently are undefeated at 6-0, their best start to a season since at least 1975.
The first game was a nail biter, as Westmont was about to lose but came back at the very end to win. Taylor Bush and Luke Coffey hit two doubles back-to-back, which brought up Isaiah Leach to bat. Leach settled into the batter’s box and waited for the first pitch. When Leach contacted the ball everyone knew where it was going. It sailed far into the right field and over the fence by the track, as his three-run walk-off home run won the game for the Warriors in dramatic fashion.
Senior center fielder Bryce Morison said, “Isaiah’s walk-off really gave us momentum to carry into the rest of the weekend and I think our lineup showed signs of what we are capable of.”
The Warriors continued this momentum from Friday’s game was a cold one in terms of weather, but the baseball team was ready for round two. Led by pitcher Cory Dawson, the Warriors beat the Thunderbirds of British Columbia 8-3. One Warrior that really stood out was Taylor Bush. Bush hit a two-run home run to help give Westmont a comfortable lead over British Columbia.
Games three and four took place Sunday at Russ Carr Field on Saturday afternoon. Both games were a shutout as the scores were 14-1 and 9-0. In the first game on Saturday, Justin Sanders pitched seven shutout innings to earn the win. He pitched six perfect innings before giving up a hit to start the top of the seventh inning, the only hit he gave up on the day. In the second game of the doubleheader, five Warriors combined to limit the Thunderbirds to one hit. It was the third shutout of the season in just six games for the Westmont pitching staff. One standout player on the day was Senior Bryce Morison who had a grand slam and 7 RBIs between the two games.
“I feel like as a team we looked really good this weekend,” said Bush. “Both guys starting, and coming off of the bench, did really well. Our defense was amazing. Bryce (Morison), (Taylor) Garcia, and Luke (Coffey) made some amazing defensive plays. We took a really good team down, our pitchers are doing well, and I’m just excited for the rest of the season.”
“This weekend was a great start for us as a team,” added Morison. “I’m looking forward to just continuing to compete with the team this year as we pursue our goals of the postseason and reaching the [NAIA] World Series.”
The Warriors try to continue their undefeated start to the season with four games this week, first at home on Thursday against Lewis-Clark State (2 p.m.) before hitting the road for the first time this season on Friday to play Pomona-Pitzer, and Hope International and Bethesda on Saturday.