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Azusa Pacific Edges Out Warriors in Season Finale

April 28th, 2009

In the final game of the 2009 season and the final game at Russ Carr Field before construction of a new field, Westmont Baseball was defeated 5-4 by the Cougars of Azusa Pacific on Tuesday afternoon.

Kellen Skersies took the loss for the Warriors. The senior pitched four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. Azusa’s Peter Gehle was awarded the win after giving up three runs, two earned, and allowing six hits in six innings of work. Ben Jones, who pitched the final two innings without giving up a run, earned the save.

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Crabbe Named GSAC Pitcher of the Week

April 27th, 2009
Tim Crabbe

After throwing a complete, three-hit game against #12 Azusa Pacific on Thursday, Westmont junior Tim Crabbe has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. Crabbe allowed an unearned run in the first inning and an earned run in the eighth in the Warriors 4-2 win over the Cougars.

Beginning with the last batter in the top of the first inning, the right-hander retired 19 Cougars in a row. Crabbe, who hails from Tucson, Arizona, allowed just two walks in the game while striking out the nine.

“I think he was pitching amazing,” said Westmont catcher Sam Wiley. “Every pitch had movement. For the most part his pitches were down but when they were up, the batters were chasing them and not hitting. It was the best pitching performance I have seen him give.”

“It is good to see all that work finally come together and to see him have some success,” said Westmont Head Coach Scott Deck. “When he came in as a freshman, we knew he had the ability in him. I watched him completely buy into what Pitching Coach Dan Yokubaitis was teaching him and gradually get better and better. It is a testament to his work ethic and to Coach Yokubaitis and all the work he is doing with the pitching staff.”

Gemberling Marks 25 Years with Warriors

April 27th, 2009
Mel Gemberling

For a quarter of a century, Mel Gemberling has brought a wealth of baseball knowledge and history to the baseball team at Westmont College. A beloved figure by generations of Warrior players, Gemberling has volunteered his time and wisdom as an assistant coach since 1985.

The Warriors have been through some tough times in recent years, but Gemberling is an everyday reminder of the joy of playing baseball. He should know – he’s been playing and coaching baseball for nearly seventy years.

Born in 1931, Gemberling grew up in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles during the Great Depression and World War II.

“We were too young to know what was really going on in the world,” said Gemberling. “No one had money, no one had fancy houses, and so we had a lot of fun. We made up our own games, our own teams and we played after school, we played in the streets and on the playgrounds.

“There was no organized baseball until I went into high school so as kids we did things by ourselves.”

During his years as a student at Franklin High School, Gemberling played American Legion baseball during the summer and semi-pro on the weekends. After high school, he went on to play at Pasadena City College.

Milotta Wins 100 Meter Hurdles at GSAC Championships

April 25th, 2009

Westmont’s Lauren Milotta earned the title of GSAC Champion by winning the women’s 100 meter hurdles on Saturday at the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Point Loma Nazarene University. The automatic timing system failed during the race, but Milotta was hand-timed at 13.8 seconds.

Milotta had qualified third for the event by running the third fastest time in Friday’s preliminaries – a personal best of 14.18.

“Lorin’s speed has improved so much over the last year that she is competing in a manner that we didn’t expect before,” said Westmont Head Coach Russell Smelley.


Griego Wins 10K on First Day of GSAC Championships

April 24th, 2009

Lisa Griego won the women’s 10,000 meter race on the first day of the GSAC Track and Field Championships in San Diego, California even though it was the first time she had run a 10K race.

“I came into it wanting to set the school record which was 36:19. So it would have meant running two 18:09 5Ks. I’ve run 17:46 and 17:48 5Ks this season so I thought it was doable, but I didn’t know what the second 5K was like. So, I went in with a time goal and was up in the front in the first couple of laps and right about then decided, ‘I’m in this to win it.’ and I changed my goal.”

From early on in the 25 lap race, Griego was part of a trio of leaders who pulled away from the rest of the pack.


Crabbe Shuts Down Cougars

April 23rd, 2009

Right-hander Tim Crabbe gave up just two runs, one of which was earned, in a three-hit complete game victory over #12 Azusa Pacific on Thursday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. Beginning with the final batter in the top of the first inning, Crabbe sat down 19 Cougars in a row in the Warriors 4-2 win.

“I think he was pitching amazing,” said Westmont catcher Sam Wiley. “Every pitch had movement. For the most part his pitches were down but when they were up, the batters were chasing them and not hitting. It was the best pitching performance I have seen him give.”

“I was just trying to hit Sam’s glove the whole time,” said Crabbe. “Throwing strikes has been the biggest problem for me this year but that seemed to be working. Everything else just fell into place.”

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Women’s Tennis Falls to Vanguard

April 21st, 2009

Westmont’s Abbott Tennis Courts hosted a match-up of ranked women’s teams on Tuesday afternoon, but unfortunately for the Warriors, the visiting Lions of Vanguard claimed a 6-3 Golden State Athletic Conference win. Vanguard, ranked ninth in the NAIA, took a 2-1 lead in doubles play over the twenty-first ranked Warriors and then won four of six singles matches.

Sophomore Ilissa Mathews and junior Cassie Strange notched an 8-3 win at number one doubles over the Lions’ Hana Jurcovicova and Maria Fernanda Xavier. The match marked the first time either player had recorded a win against a Vanguard opponent.


Warriors Can’t Tame Lions

April 21st, 2009

The final home match of the year proved to be a disappointment for #21 Westmont Men’s Tennis (4-16, 3-12 GSAC) as they were swept 9-0 by sixth-ranked Vanguard (14-7, 9-7 GSAC) on Tuesday afternoon at the Abbott Tennis Courts.

Singles were played first in the match and the Warriors found themselves down 1-0 early on when Aaron Cooke was forced to retire from his match at number two with Fredric Sandberg. Westmont fell further behind when the Lions’ Tino Brodar defeated Ryley Schultz on the number two court by a score of 6-0, 6-1 and Nils Iwdal won in straight sets over Mathias Newell at number six.