Baseball Enters Last Stretch of Season
BY EVAN LEMASTER
The men’s baseball team of Westminster College enters into its last stretch of the season with a five-game winning streak. With only nine games left to play, the Blue Jays are 14-8 and coming off impressive sweeps of Fontbonne University and Blackburn College.
On Saturday, April 11, the Blue Jays had a double header at Fontbonne. Westminster came to play in the first game and won, 6-4. Junior Deion Hughes pitched Westminster to a victory with the save by junior Collin Brinker. Junior Tyler Branneky hit the first home run of the day for the Blue Jays during the first game. By the second game, the Blue Jays were warmed up and ready to go. Sophomore Seth Lehmen pitched the Blue Jays to their second victory of the day. Seniors Cam Backes and Tim Chambliss both had homeruns in second game to secure the victory for Westminster. The final score was 12-6.
Fontbonne then came to Westminster on Sunday, April 12, to try to prevent the sweep by the Blue Jays. Despite a long rain delay, Westminster maintained focus and came out and won the game, 11-5. Senior Jake Rule was on the mound for the Blue Jays and was credited with the win. Branneky and Chambliss had big days behind the plate, including a home run for each of them. The Blue Jay offense played a big role in the sweep of Fontbonne.
Westminster hosted Blackburn College for a double header on April 16. Brinker pitched for the Blue Jays during the first game, and only allowed one run. Branneky had an incredible game at the plate with five RBI and a home run. The final score of the first game was 6-1. The Blue Jays started the second game with Lehmen on the mound. Chambliss’ three RBI helped the Blue Jays continue their five game win streak. The last game was a nail-biter, ending with the Blue Jays winning 7-6.
The Blue Jays have three more conference series left in the regular season, and they hope to make the playoffs afterward.