Warriors Split DH with Lions

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 24th, 2016


Michael Stefanic

Michael Stefanic

Westmont Baseball (24-6, 14-4) split a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with Vanguard (23-8-1, 13-5) to maintain a one-game lead over the Lions in the GSAC standings. The Warriors fell 5-3 in the first game and then scored four in the eighth inning of the second game to win by a 9-5 score.

In the opening game, David Gaydos (6-2) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits in three and one-third innings. Vanguard ace Sean Isaac (8-1) earned the win after pitching six innings and giving up two runs on six hits.

The Lions scored single runs in both the first and third inning and then added three more in the fourth. Westmont got on the board in the top half of the sixth when Alex Bush hit an RBI-single to left to drive in Michael Frigon from third.

Westmont added another run in the seventh, but nearly had two more. With the bases loaded and no outs, Michael Stefanic delivered a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Matt Matlock to score. Bush was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases with Warriors. Jarrett Costa hit a ground ball to second that resulted in Bush being thrown out at second. The relay to first went wide allowing both Frigon and Andrew Devian to score. However, the umpire called interference on Bush’s slide into first, signaled for Costa to be the third out of the inning, which disallowed Frigon and Devian’s run to count.

In the ninth Derek Rodigo pinch hit and delivered a lead-off double to left field. Two outs later, Rodigo advanced to third on a balk and then scored when Bush singled to right. However, the Warriors were unable to do further damage before the end of the inning and the game.

The second game, originally scheduled for seven innings, saw Bush make his first start on the mound since January 30 against Oregon Tech. Bush pitched five innings and left the game with a 5-3 lead, but ended up with a no decision. Bush gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits and struck out three.

Sam Sheehan (2-1) pitched the final three innings and was awarded the win. Sheehan allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two.

Bush helped his own pitching cause with a solo home run in the first inning to give the Warriors their first lead of the series. In the second inning, Westmont added three more.

Rodigo was walked to lead off the second and then made it to third on an errant pick-off attempt. Two outs later, Graylin Derke singled through the right side to drive in Rodigo. A throwing error on the play allowed Derke to reach second base. After Austin McGilvra walked, Stefanic singled to center, driving in Derke and advancing McGilvra to third. Back-to-back wild pitches allowed Stefanic to score the Warriors’ fourth run.

The Warriors made it 5-0 in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Costa that drove in Frigon from third.

In the bottom of the fifth, Vanguard scored three times to pull within two runs. A sacrifice fly by Paul Keating accounted for the first. An RBI-fielder’s choice by Sam Neufeld resulted in the third and an RBI single by Brandon Sandoval created the third.

Vanguard scored another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Matt Harris, making it a 5-4 game. The tying run came in the seventh on a controversial call. With two outs and one on, Brock Eissman drove a ball down the right field line. The home plate umpire fell on the play and made a call of fair from his knees – a call the Warriors were sure was incorrect. The call stood, however. As a result, Eissman was awarded an RBI-triple, the score was tied and the game headed into extra innings.

Westmont set things to right in the top of the eighth with four runs. A lead-off single by McGilvra to center field was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Stefanic. Bush was walked on a ball in the dirt that allowed McGilvra to reach third.

With Taylor Bush pinch running for McGilvra, Alika McGuire laid down a bunt single down the right field baseline that scored the younger Bush and sent the elder Bush to second. Costa was then hit by a pitch to load the bases before Rodigo was issued an RBI-walk. An RBI-single by Turner Conrad, combined with a throwing error, provided the Warriors with two more runs.

The Warriors will take the rest of the week off before returning to Russ Carr Field for four non-conference games next week. On Tuesday, Westmont will welcome Saint Katherine for a single game at three o’clock. Beginning Friday, the Warriors will host a three-game series with Bethesda.

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