Strebler’s Walk-Off Fuels Big Day for Blue Jays
Blake Strebler rounds the bases after hitting a home run on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOYCE LONG.
BY BEN CAMPBELL
Westminster’s baseball team defeated Robert Morris-Peoria 7-6 and 11-4 on Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Jays would need extra innings to come away with a victory in the first game.
Alex Dickneite, ‘19, got the start for Westminster, going seven innings and giving up four earned runs. Nick Cessna, ‘17, picked up the win, as he pitched the final three innings and gave up only one earned run. Nick Bolhmann, ‘17, went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs, and Adam Mundle, ’18, went 3 for 5 with one RBI. After Robert Morris-Peoria picked up two runs in the top of the 10th inning, Blake Strebler, ‘18, capped a 3-run Westminster comeback with a walk-off single in the bottom half of the inning.
“I was just trying to put the ball in play and make something happen,” Strebler said. “I got a good pitch to hit and was able to win us the game.”
“It was a great team effort today,” Kinney said. “The defense played great behind me, and we hit the ball really well.”
Strebler and Ryan Gvillo, ’17, each went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, and Wyatt Ahart, ’18, went for 1 for 1 with a pinch-hit two-run double.
Westminster starts conference play with a three-game series at Iowa Wesleyan this weekend.