Blue Jays Sweep Non-Conference Ecclesia 

5/1/2013 
Athletic News - Baseball 

The Westminster Blue Jays’ Baseball team swept non-conference Ecclesia 7-6 and 14-4 Wednesday afternoon. The wins improve the Blue Jays’ record to 21-9.

The Ecclesia Royals took the game one early 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Freshman Deion Hughes hit a RBI double to score brother Danton Hughes in the bottom of the second, but the inning ended before more runs could be scored. The Royals scored two more runs in the top of the third, giving them the 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third. Sophomore Justin Whitaker RBI singled in Andy Pichler and Danton Hughes scored Whitaker, but the Blue Jays were still down 4-3. The Royals scored two more runs in the top of the fourth, but the Blue Jays held the Royals from scoring in the fifth and they headed into the bottom of the inning.

The Blue Jays’ bats caught fire in the bottom of the fifth. With bases loaded, Danton Hughes stepped to the plate and cracked a double into left field, scoring Tyler Branneky and Pichler. Deion Hughes stepped up to the plate and RBI singled, scoring Danton Hughes and Whitaker. The Royals ended the inning with a double play, but the Blue Jays scored enough to put them on top 7-6. The Blue Jays held the Royals to three up, three down the next two innings, pulling out the 7-6 win.

Sophomore Tommy Bohnert (2-1) came in for relief and was credited with the win, pitching 3.2 innings and striking out one. Deion Hughes and Whitaker both went 2-for-3 from the plate. Deion and Danton Hughes led the Blue Jays with three RBI each. 

The Blue Jays grabbed the early 3-0 lead in game two, scoring the first three batters. The Blue Jays then grabbed six runs off six hits in the bottom of the second to give them the 9-0 lead.  The Royals hit a RBI single to put score their first run of the game, but the Blue Jays ended the inning and headed into the bottom of the third. A.C. Long scored for the Blue Jays, but the Royals grabbed three more runs in the fourth. Danton Hughes hit a double in the fifth, scoring Whitaker and Branneky. With two outs, Deion Hughes stole second. On the throw, Danton stole home and scored, but was hurt sliding into home.

The Blue Jays held Ecclesia from scoring in the sixth and seventh, and they headed into the bottom of the seventh. The Blue Jays needed one run to short-game the Royals, and Long RBI singled in Deion Hughes off a bunt to end the game at 14-4.

Whitaker went 4-for-5 from the plate, scoring twice and grabbing two RBI. Long went 2-for-2 from the plate. Nolan Lark (2-3) was credited with the win, pitching six innings, facing 27 batters and striking out eight.

The Blue Jays host Principia College Thursday, May 2, for a single game at 7:30 p.m.