Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor
Westbrook Christian is riding a 4-0 steak in the Class 2A state baseball playoffs after sweeping Cold Springs on April 30 in Bremen.
The Warriors (23-7) posted a 6-1 victory in Game 1, followed by an 7-3 win. Westbrook travels to Decatur Heritage this Thursday (May 6) for the state quarterfinals. Games 1 and 2 are scheduled for 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., while an if-necessary Game 3 is set for Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Senior standout pitcher Samuel Dutton did not pitch due to an undisclosed injury. Westbrook head coach Matt Kennedy said Dutton’s availability for the third round would be a day-to-day evaluation.
In the opener against Cold Springs, Wil Noles pitched a complete game three hitter. In seven innings, he allowed one earned run and four walks while striking out 11. He helped his cause by going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Also for the Warriors, Caiden Wyatt went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Fisher Glasgow went 2-for-4 and Brodie Self and Micaiah Myers each had a hit, and RBI and a run scored.
Presley White dominated as well in Game 2, limiting the Eagles to two hits, three earned runs and four walks in seven innings with 12 strikeouts. He helped his cause by going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Carson Wiggins went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Noles had a hit and two runs scored, and Wyatt and Dalton Grace (pictured above) each had a hit and a run scored.
“Those were two good games to get ready for Decatur Heritage,” said Kennedy. “We’ll have to play really, really well and hope that a few things go our way.”