Baseball splits the series with William Jessup


Sofia Pela

Renn Duncan anticipates the pitch.

Annika Bahnsen, Staff Writer

With only a few games left in the regular season, the Westmont baseball team is hoping for a strong finish.

This past week, the Warriors hosted a four-game series against William Jessup University from Rocklin, California. 

The series was split as each program won two of the four games. On the first day of play, the games were very close, both ending within a point of the other team. The first game was back-and-forth the entire time and each school had opportunities at bat to take the lead. Fourth-year Alex Stufft was two-for-four that day and had two RBIs for the Warriors. Second-year Simon Reid added to the score with another RBI. 

Drew Bayard, a fifth-year at Westmont, showed some love for his fellow teammates, specifically Reid. 

“Simon [Reid] has been going off lately and has been the most impressive piece of our offense. He shows incredible maturity at the plate and continues to get big hits.”

The Warriors lost the first game 5-4, but came out hard in the second game of the day. Reid and fourth-year John Jensen each had a RBI, which helped the Warriors come out on top with a 2-1 win.

With close finishes in the first two games, both teams were eager to compete the following day. During the first game, Stufft had three RBIs, which gave Westmont a boost, but William Jessup came out on top, ending in a 9-5 loss for the Warriors. The loss lit a fire in the Warriors. They came out hard during the second game, winning 8-2. Second-year Ryan Humphreys pitched a great game with five strikeouts. Jensen gave the Warriors additional assistance in the win with four RBIs. 

Fourth-year Daniel Netz, who was most recently named Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Player of the Week, commented on the results.

“I thought the series went well, but we didn’t walk away with the outcome we wanted and split instead.” He continued, “With the final stretch of the season ahead, every win counts as we battle for an opportunity at the conference title or, at the very least, a berth into the regionals.” 

As the season comes to a close, the Warriors are looking for a spot in the National Series, something each player anxiously anticipates. 

Bayard ended with an encouraging statement. 

“Baseball gets more fun as the games start to matter more. That’s when the true makeup of a team comes out … We have a really good team and I think we can do special things. ”

The Warriors will compete against Hope International University in a doubleheader on April 9 and 10 on Russ Carr Field. 

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