Warriors lose heartbreaker to Concordia

Westmont had the potential tying run throw out at the plate and lost to Concordia 4-3 in a GSAC baseball game Wednesday at Russ Carr Field.

With the loss, Westmont falls to 15- 19 overall and 7-15 in conference play. The Eagles improve to 19-16 and 10-14 respectively.

Dan Cabuling took the loss for the Warriors after pitching seven and one-third innings in which he gave up four runs on eight hits. Cabuling struck out four and walked one.

Jordan Hartley earned the win, allowing three runs on 10 hits in seven and two-third innings. Ryan Day picked up the save by pitching one and one-third inning without allowing a hit or a run.

Westmont third baseman Jordan Bottenfield led off the bottom of the first inning with a single through the left side and then advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by J.J. Turbin. Bottenfield took third on a groundball to second by Coby Cress. Designated hitter Tim Leary drove in Bottenfield with an infield single. Leary’s ball was smashed back to Hartley and deflected off the Eagle’s pitcher high in the air toward the third base side. Leary was able to beat out the throw to first base.

Time was called to check on possible injury to Hartley and it was determined that he was able to continue on the mound. Colten Christianson then tripled down the right field line to drive in Leary for the inning’s second run.

The Eagles evened the score with a run in the third and another in the fourth. Matt Ivanoff’s RBI single to right field drove in Danny Casey in the third inning. With bases loaded and one away in the fourth inning, Casey grounded to third. However, the Warriors were unable to turn the double play and Kyle Konicek scored on the play.

The fifth inning saw Concordia score twice to take a 4-2 lead. Edgar Guillen led off with a bunt single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Guillen stole third while Konicek was at the plate. Knoicek struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt which bounded away from Westmont catcher Jarrett Rouse. Not only did Knoicek reach first safely, but Guillen scored on the play. Guillen reached third on a double by John Hill and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Nicholson.

Turbin singled to center to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, but was erased when Cress grounding into a double play. Leary then sent a no-doubter over the left field fence to make it a 4-3 game. Torin Shaikh then single to right to extend the inning. Brent Fukushima doubled down the left field line. When the ball got away from Konicek, the Eagles’ left fielder, Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz sent Shaikh home.

However, Konicek quickly recovered and gunned down Shaikh at home plate with a perfect throw to Hill.

 

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