Westside Varsity Baseball Falls to Rival Creighton Prep

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Cole Payton slides late into home plate on Monday’s matchup up against the Jr. Jays. – Photo by Zoe Gillespie

On Monday, March 29, the Westside varsity baseball team fell to their rival Creighton Prep 4-1. With three errors in the game, junior Dalton Bargo expressed that the little things are what caused the loss for the Warriors. 

“We beat ourselves,” Bargo said. “We made errors and it was the little things and making the routine plays. We also didn’t hit as well as we should’ve.”

Throughout the season, unnecessary errors have played a big role in their losses. With 13 errors between the middle infielders, opponents have found themselves with many open opportunities. After three straight no-hit innings from Kadyn Van Hill in his third quality outing of the year, three unearned runs in the fourth put a damper on his evening. For Van Hill, the team just needs to clique again.

“We’ve got to get the bats back together, we’ll figure it out, it will come together when it all matters,” Van Hill said. “This week we’re gonna do a lot of work, some re-boost stuff, and some live game opportunities. Just got to figure out how to drive runs in.”

Westside’s pitching has been a surprising bright spot for the team this season however, the bats have been struggling. For head coach Otis Seals, the team is really working on who they need to become.

“We’re doing a lot of good things right now,” Seals said. “I keep telling the kids that we’re going through some growing pains figuring out who best fits where, who’s going to pitch where. Our four losses have come to four top ten teams, and we’ve been seeing a lot of really good teams and sometimes that happens.”

Going forward in the next week, the Warriors have six games, three of which are up against top-ten teams. The team is hoping for the best as they face off against these challenging teams. 

“Our four losses have come from four top ten teams so we’ve been seeing a lot of really good teams and sometimes that happens,” Seals said. 

With Westside overseeing more challenging teams, Bargo expressed the team will need to clean up little errors that happen throughout the innings.

“From here on we just need to clean up the simple stuff,” Bargo said. “Clean up the little mistakes throughout games and get the whole line up with confidence and have good at-bats as a team.”

After a 4-4 start to the season, the Warriors look to bounce back up as they go up against Lincoln Northstar in Lincoln.