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.