By Brandon James
Thu., Mar 15th, 2012 [Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- On a beautiful day in San Diego, The San Diego Christian Hawks played a solid nine innings of baseball to take down the visiting Westmont Warriors 6-1 behind the pitcher Lucas Whitmore who had determination in his eyes from the first pitch of the game.
The Warriors fell to 13-13-1 (6-6 in GSAC) with the loss. The Hawks move to 10-17 (5-8 in GSAC) with the victory.
The Hawks started out the game with Whitmore (pictured left) striking out one batter in each of the first four innings. The Warriors sprayed a few balls through the infield but never really got a good piece of the crafty lefty.
The Hawks struck first with a single from Jesus Castellanos and Nick Bando reaching on an error, putting runners on the corners for Chris Pascual. Pascual drove a single through the left side and the Hawks started to soar from there. Garisson McLagan, Dawson Jones, and Sean Sweeney each had RBIs for the Hawks in the second inning. SDCC had a four run second inning and it was enough cushion for Whitmore to take command and show every pitch he had in his arsenal.
In the fourth inning, a two out double off the bat of Castellanos gave Bando a chance to drive in one of his two RBIs on the day with a single to left.
In the fifth inning, the Warriors scored their lone run off the bat of Tim Leery on a single through the left side driving in fellow warrior David Pennington. WC had runners on thoughout the game, but Whitmore repeatedly pitched out of any jam as the Warriors left nine runners on base during the nine inning battle.
The Warriors threatened the Hawks in the 7th with 2 runners on and one out when Head Coach Chris Bando made the call to the bullpen for the Hawks Closer Jeremy Blare. Blare came in and didn't disappoint, inducing a ground ball double play which it seems he had done for the Hawks this season countless times.
Sean Sweeney led SDCC, going 3-5 with an RBI. Garrison McGlagan, Victor Martinez, Bando, and Castellanos all had two hits for the Hawks as they racked up 13 hits as a team.
Whitmore goes to 3-3 on the season with 7.1 innings of work and seven strike outs on day.
SDCC sends Adair Robles on the hill tomorrow for a 12:00pm rematch in game two of the four game series. Robles pitched the Hawks to victory the last time he met with the Warriors in April 2011, with a 12-2 SDCC victory and Robles going 6 innings, with 8 strikeouts, and only allowing 1 run.