Walk-off victory highlights baseball’s weekend

Jacob Norling, Staff Writer

In desperate need of a moment to spark belief in their ballclub, the Warriors found it on

Friday in dramatic fashion. They did so by scoring five runs against San Diego Christian in the bottom of the tenth inning to pull of one of the more miraculous comebacks you’ll ever see, with a final score of 7-6.

The team then followed up game one of the weekend with a 3-0 victory in game two, highlighted by Jamie Kruger’s complete game shutout. However, the story of the weekend

was game one.

Entering the weekend with a decent record of 8-7, the No. 15-ranked team in the nation had turned in lackluster results for the most part. So Friday’s dramatics were not only miraculous, but necessary to spark a belief among the Warriors.

Westmont ace Corey Dawson didn’t have his best game, but kept the team in the ballgame by surrendering two runs over six innings. He was followed by relievers who kept the game tied at two through nine, including top NAIA prospect Bailey Reid, who tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

The Warriors then couldn’t buy an out, allowing four runs before entering the dugout with three outs between them and a loss. The team did not appear defeated, however, as resilient energy was present the moment Alex Stuft led off the bottom half with a double to the left corner. He arrived at second base raising his arms to the dugout to invoke some passion for the Westmont club. With the heart of the order looming, you could sense that if the team got enough runners aboard, the right guys were coming up.

After a few walks and singles, Drew Bayard came to the plate with the Warriors down one with two outs and the tying run on second. Bayard then fouled off pitch after pitch, refusing to let the game end. He finally fared one for the dramatic into shallow center feld, allowing Devin Perez to carry home the tying run; the Westmont crowd and dugout erupted in cheers.

The entire place knew right then that this game was all but over, and two batters later, Sage Pera came of the bench to seal the deal with a walk-off

base hit.

In regards to the 10th, Coach Ruiz said, “ Our guys responded. Whether we won or lost that game, they needed to show that they could respond to that in an important conference game … They were resilient and found a way.”

The club hopes to become the first team in Westmont history to make a trip to the NAIA World Series, and with a 5-1 record to start Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play, the club is beginning to make that dream appear to be an attainable reality.