Coach Ruiz becomes winningest coach in program history
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This past weekend, the Westmont baseball team traveled down to San Diego to compete against San Diego Christian. The Warriors won three of four games, including a sweep on Saturday, with scores of 18-7 and 12-5. Put that together with a win and a loss from Friday’s games, this puts the Warriors at 27-10 overall on the season (14-10 GSAC).
The three wins make Coach Robert Ruiz the winningest coach in the history of Westmont baseball. Coach Ruiz currently has 284 wins under his belt in his 10 years as Westmont’s head coach. Ruiz passed John Kirkgard, who had 281 wins during his 13 years at the helm of the Warriors.
A standout moment for the Warriors was when Andrew Sim came in and pitched the final inning during the third game of the weekend, throwing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Sim, a senior pitcher, re-tore his Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) of his elbow joint in early January. Sim tore his Labrum last year and had previously torn his UCL in 2013. Sim was able to pitch up to 87 miles per hour in his outing this past weekend.
“Pretty much nobody has ever been able to throw through a torn UCL but my elbow somehow stopped hurting the past few weeks, even if it’s still torn according to MRI’s,” said Sim. “It’s a miracle I guess.” This moment will forever be ingrained in his and his teammates memory as they near the end of the baseball season.
In the fourth game, Westmont ended the weekend with exceptional batting. In the bottom of the fifth, they needed two runs to tie the Hawks who were up 5-3. The Westmont Warriors scored nine runs in one inning. Through a decade of hard work, Coach Ruiz and his coaching staff have molded a team like no other.
The #18 Warriors will be playing again this Friday and Saturday in a four-game series against first place #23 The Master’s University (27-9-1 overall, 16-6 GSAC) for their last home games of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. on both days.