Varsity baseball defeats Westminster 2-0 in first game of season

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In the fifth inning, senior Gavin Casas scored the Patriots’ second and final run of the game. To celebrate Casas’ home run, the team crowded home plate and cheered the first baseman on as he jogged the bases. (Photo/Kayla Rubenstein)

The varsity baseball team dominated the diamond in their first game of the season against Westminster Christian in a shut-out held at home Tuesday, Feb. 18. Beginning the game with a strikeout, junior Devin Futrell started the momentum that continued throughout the game and that ended with a 2-0 Patriots win.

Despite facing challenging pitching, the Patriots had five hits, with the first run coming in in the bottom of the second inning. Centerfielder and lead-off batter senior Enrique Bradfield Jr. singled on a line drive that brought third baseman and pitcher junior Juhlien Gonzalez home. 

“We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game,” Bradfield said. “We knew that they brought a great pitcher and strong lineup. We just knew we had to stay within our game plan and execute the best.” 

The second run came in the bottom of the fifth with senior first baseman Gavin Casas’s single home run. “We faced two quality arms tonight,” head coach Bruce Aven said. “It was nice that our guys competed and to come out on top to win a close game like this. It was good to start off our season.”

As for the rest of the season, Bradfield looks to continue performances like tonight. “I’m excited. There’s going to be a lot of tough matchups, but I think when we put everything together like tonight, there’s no team that can beat us,” he said.

(Photos/Kayla Rubenstein)

As a junior, Kayla Rubenstein spends her third year on staff as Assistant Online Editor in Chief and Business Manager of iPatriot Post and the Patriot Post, respectively. Outside room 9114, Kayla acts as the co-historian of NHS and as a member of Quill and Scroll, EHS and SNHS. Kayla spends her free time making travel plans for the future, bugging her younger brother and binge watching Criminal Minds. Additionally, Kayla loves to read and often writes book reviews to release the mix of emotions most books give her. However, don’t ask Kayla what her favorite book is; she’ll give you an hour-long breakdown of her top reads in each genre.

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