Warriors, Mustangs Advance with Wins

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 17th, 2016


Jarrett Costa

Jarrett Costa

Golden State Athletic Conference teams remained undefeated after the first day of play at the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament – Santa Barbara Bracket. Third-seeded The Master’s (39-17), ranked at number 24 in the NAIA, posted a 7-1 win over #18 Madonna of Michigan (41-16 in the second game of the day before #7 Westmont (42-11) claimed a 14-1 win over #25 William Carey of Mississippi (38-20). In the tournament’s first game, William Carey defeated College of Idaho (37-21) by a score of 7-6.

Game One Recap
A two-out double to deep center field by William Casey third baseman Mitch Little drove in what would eventually prove to be the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh. Little was three for four at the plate with a pair of doubles – his first coming in the Crusaders’ one-run fourth inning.

College of Idaho had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI-single by Jake Hennessey and a bases-clearing single by Mitch Skaggs. The Yotes added two more runs in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI triple by Hunter Hanson to take a 6-3 lead.

Prior to Little’s heroics in the seventh, William Casey made up two of the runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two away, a double by Tyler Graves drove in Adrian Brown and a single by Tyler Richardson brought home Wes Brown.

Reliever Kyle Deckwa (6-3) was awarded the win after shutting out the Yotes in four innings of work and allowing just two hits.

Game Two Recap
The Master’s cruised to comfortable win over second-seeded Madonna behind a complete game victory by Conner Menez (11-2). Menez used just 113 pitches to hold the Crusaders to one run and five hits while fanning six in the process.

An RBI-single by Collin Nyenhuis scored the Mustangs’ first run of the game in the form of Nick Covello.

The Master’s added four more runs in the fourth, one on an RBI-single up the middle that scored Michael Sexton and the rest on a three-run homerun to left field by Pearson Good.

The Mustangs added another run in the bottom of the seventh on a home run to right by Jonah Jarrard and a final run in the eighth when Jarrard hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Covello.

Game Three Recap
Westmont’s Daniel Butler retired in order the first 16 batters that he faced to claim a program record-tying 12th win of the season against just one loss. The right-handed junior threw 116 pitches over eight innings, allowing one unearned run and four hits. Butler struck out five and did not surrender a walk.

Offensively, the Warriors wasted no time setting a tone. The first four men to the plate all scored. Michael Stefanic and Michael Frigon were each hit by a pitch and Alex Bush walked to load the bases. Jarrett Costa then cleared the bases with a double to deep left-center field. Graylin Derke drove in Costa with a double to down the right-field line.

After giving up a single run in the top of the sixth, the Warriors put the game out of reach with six runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh. The final ten runs were all unearned owing to seven errors by William Carey in those two innings.

In the sixth, Costa came up to bat with the bases loaded for the second time in the game. This trip he drove in two with a single to left. In the seventh, the sacks were full again for the Warriors’ senior catcher when a walk gave him his sixth RBI of the game.

With the win, Westmont established a new single-season win record at 42, exceeding last year’s win total by one.

Day Two Preview
Tomorrow will feature two elimination games, sandwiched around a game featuring the only two undefeated teams remaining in the tournament.

At 9:00 a.m., the College of Idaho will match up with Madonna to determine who will be the first to leave the tournament. Then at 12:30 p.m., Westmont and The Master’s will battle to see who will advance to the first championship game on Thursday afternoon. At 4:00 p.m., William Carey will face off with the winner from Wednesday’s morning game.

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