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Baseball drops series to HIU

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This past weekend, the Westmont baseball team travelled to Fullerton, California to play Hope International University in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play. After dropping three of four games, the Warriors now have an overall record of 24-9 and 11-9 in the GSAC.

During the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Warriors were defeated 8-16 by the Royals. The Warriors had a strong start when junior Taylor Garcia hit a home run to left field, giving the Warriors a lead of 1-0. However, they did not score again for some time, while the Royals scored 13 runs in between.

Later, the Warriors scored twice when redshirt sophomore Andrew Bayard hit a double, scoring junior Isaiah Leach and senior Nick Sablock. During the eighth inning, the Warriors scored again on a Sablock’s RBI-single and then off a double by senior Bryce Morison. During the ninth inning, the Warriors scored three more runs off a home run by Bayard and a double by sophomore Devin Perez. Despite their efforts, the Warriors were defeated.

During game two, the Warriors once against were defeated by the Royals, this time by a score of 2-6. The Warriors once again started strong and were up 2-0 after Morison hit a home run, but did not score again after that.

On Saturday, the Warriors finally defeated the Royals in the first of two games they played, 6-4. In the first inning, Garcia scored a run off a lead-off double, giving the Warriors a strong start. Then, Leach’s RBI single to the right scored Sablock. With the bases loaded, Westmont scored off two walks by senior Luke Coffey and senior Tyler Roper. Then, Coffey scored again and freshman Mezurashi scored off Leach’s single to center field.

During the last game of the series, the Warriors were defeated 4-8. The Royals took an early lead, until Morison’s RBI-single caused Mezurashi to score. The game was close in the beginning until Hope International scored four runs during the bottom of the fourth inning. The Warriors scored some more, but were not successful in their attempt to comeback from their deficit.

Senior Toby Dunlap said, “I think we didn’t play as well as we could have obviously, which left us with a result we didn’t want.”

“Along with not playing our best, it felt like we were getting really unlucky at times with hits not falling,” he added.
“Moving forward I think just re-focusing and getting back to playing our style of baseball is important,” Dunlap continued.

“We have been fighting through some injuries lately, but I think with guys about to get healthy and if we can get back to what was working for us earlier in the season, we will be in a good position heading into the conference tournament and ready to make a postseason run!”

Next weekend, the Warriors are traveling to San Diego where they will take on San Diego Christian in GSAC play.


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