Varsity baseball faced-off against Bethany College at home in their first of three games for the weekend.
Coming off of a series loss at Tabor College last week, the Warriors looked to start today off strong.
“I believe that we were looking to perform better than the last game but we were just focused on doing the little things right,” said Ryo Taknaka. “The season so far has been going great! We had a slow start early in the season but we finally started playing as a team. Just focusing one game at a time and playing hard. I believe that every series is important for us to get a good seating in the playoffs so this weekend is important for us to rack up some wins.”
“Knowing how good our team is hitting, I think that today we start kind of slow with the bats,” said Miguel Velazquez. ” Being a good team hitting wise, we were able to put some good at bats and put up some runs. At the beginning, it was a little cold, but as the game went on it got warmer. Defense was extraordinary today, same with our pitcher.”
True to this, Sterling and Bethany both went scoreless through the first few innings of play. Once the bats came alive for Sterling, the Warriors were able to steadily increase their lead almost every inning.
“They were a good pitching team so we had to make sure we brought our bats together from the first inning,” said Taknaka. “Mason Schimmel did an amazing job on the mound for us and gave us opportunities to get a lead on them.”
By the end of the nine-inning game, the Warriors had secured a 5-0 victory over the Swedes. This win was a very welcomed outcome after their difficult road series last weekend.
Sterling players after the game could be seen with joyful expressions as they cleaned up the field and had a little fun in the process.
“We are a very united team,” said Velazquez. “We enjoy every win. Our chemistry is nice, we are a family. We were happy after our win today, but we all know that we can do a lot better. Tomorrow we will be a lot better than today. Every loss motivate us to do better the next time. We learn from the series against Tabor, and I’m confident on how my team will perform from now on.”
“I don’t believe on looking too far into schedule,” said Taknaka, “because that can lead us to losing our focus against the team we are going to play. We will just play one game, one pitch at a time and play our best baseball we can on that day.”
The Warriors are scheduled to begin their doubleheader against the Swedes tomorrow at noon.