Taking a break from Golden State Athletic Conference play this week, 12th-ranked Westmont picked up a pair of wins over Bethesda on Friday at Russ Carr Field, extending the team’s win streak to 13 games.
The Warriors won the first game 10-2 and the second 5-2 to improve to 23-5 on the season.
Bryan Peck (5-1) started on the mound for the Warriors and picked up the win. In seven innings of work, Peck allowed two runs, on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one. Christopher Ceballos pitched the final two innings in relief, allowing neither a run nor a hit. He struck out two and walked one.
The Warriors put the first run on the scoreboard in the second inning, courtesy of a home run down the left field line by Finn Snyder.
In the bottom of the fourth, Westmont added four more runs. Bryce McFeely was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and stole second base. With one away, Liam Critchett also took first on a hit-by-pitch. Then McFeely and Critchett executed a double steal to give the Warriors runners at second and third. When Snyder was walked, the bases were loaded.
Jonah Paez was the third batter hit by a pitch in the inning, picking up an RBI the painful way. Then with two outs, Robbie Haw singled to left, driving in all three baserunners and making the score 5-0.
Westmont scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With Michael Soper at third and Shane Hofstadler on first, Critchett drove a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence to give Westmont an 8-0 lead.
The Flames scored a single run in the sixth on a RBI-single by left-handed hitter Christopher Soto. Then in the top of the seventh, Ryan Pruett drove in Justin Martinez with a sacrifice fly to left.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Warriors took both runs back. McFeely led off with a single, then advanced to second on an error by the centerfielder. After Hofstadler was walked, he was replaced on the base pads by Jack Fletcher. Critchett then ground out to first with both runners advancing one base.
With two away, a wild pitch allowed McFeely to score and Fletcher to reach third. Paez then doubled to right, driving in Fletcher to account for the final score.
The second game was more tightly contested, though the Warriors never trailed. In the bottom of the second, Daniel Patterson sent a line drive over Russ Carr Field’s left-field fence for a solo home run that made the score 1-0.
In the top of the third, Elijah Camarena sent a home run to center field that bounced off the batters’ eye for a game-tying home run.
The Warriors made the score 2-1 in the bottom half of the same inning. With two away, McFeely singled to right field. His attempt to steal second not only succeeded, but netted an extra base on a throwing error by the catcher. McFeely scored when DeSaegher’s ground ball to short was overthrown to first by the Flame’s shortstop.
Eric Oseguerra had started the game for the Warriors and left the game with a 2-1 lead after pitching five innings. He allowed just one run on five hits, struck out five and did not give up a walk.
In the top of the sixth, Bethesda evened the score at two runs apiece with a RBI-single to left field that allowed Soto to score from second.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Justin Rodriguez walked to lead off the inning and was replaced at first by pinch runner Paul Mezurashi. Soper, who was pinch hitting, laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Mezurashi to second base. Patterson then reached on a fielder’s choice when he hit a ground ball to short. The Flames were unsuccessful in their attempt to throw out Mezurashi at third, giving Westmont runners on the corners with no outs.
Hofstadler was called upon to pinch hit. Another error allowed Hofstadler to reach second base. Mezurashi scored on the play with Patterson advancing to third. When Fletcher was intentionally walked the Warriors had bases loaded with one out.
A wild pitch allowed Patterson to score and every other runner to move up one base. Then Haw was walked, reloading the bases with Warriors. McFeely made it a 5-2 game when his ground ball to short allowed Hofstadler to score.
Zach Yates was awarded the win. He pitched the sixth, allowing one run on one hit, striking out one and walking one. Gabe Arteaga earned his fifth save of the season when he retired the side in order in the top of the seventh and final inning.
The two teams will meet up again Saturday for another doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.