By Jeremy McDonald
CARSON CITY, Nev.– A day after his four-for-four, two-RBI game against Sierra Saturday Western Mennonite-graduate Sean Webster continued his mojo on the bump Sunday morning against NBO.
“I had a good pre-game, so it was great to hit spots in the game and go most of the way through,” said Webster as he took the field.45
Him and his defense hung zeros on the board with two Webster strikeouts in the first inning and a double-play in the second inning. The bats erupted in the fourth inning for four runs starting with Justin Culpepper’s lead-off triple.
“It’s actually fun doing what we do. Hitting the ball, it’s how we’re suppose to be hitting the ball,” said Culpepper with Withnell scoring 41 runs over the last three games entering Sunday morning’s game. “It’s nice getting into a rhythm, coming out and having fun.”
Reyes Luna walked that lead to Kaiden Doten’s two-run RBI double that was followed by Rylan Webster grounding into a Fielder’s Choice for an RBI and a two-run RBI double by Noah Ferguson to hand their pitcher a 5-0 lead entering the fourth inning.
Sean Webster, who was being caught by his younger brother in Rylan, continued to roll on the mound.
Through the first 16 batters, runners were on base through errors and walks but the Pioneer-grad didn’t surrender a hit until the first out of the sixth inning with his offense giving him a 7-0 lead at this point.
“It feels great to finally pick it up. For our team, momentum is big and now that we’re getting toward the end of the season a little bit, it helps a lot throwing that,” said Webster, who pitched six innings with eight strikeouts on 92 pitches.
That hit that Webster surrendered, would be the only hit he surrendered with him walking off the mound for the last time entering the bottom of the sixth inning with an 8-1 lead.
It was because the Dodgers put the dagger in the game during the bottom half of the sixth inning when Rylan Webster hit an RBI double that was matched by Ferguson’s two-RBI single to enforce the 10-run rule 11-1 to go 4-0 so far on their Reno Trip.
But their next opponent will be a challenging one against a familiar team in the Grants Pass Nuggets and from continuing their hot bats and cutting down on the five errors they committed in Sunday’s game will be crucial as they open up Monday’s doubleheader versus GP.
“If we focus every pitch and it’ll end up paying off,” said Webster about the defense.
“Just having fun, out here in this weather it’s so nice out here, it’s just fun playing baseball with these guys and I feel like we’ll come out tomorrow and play our game right,” adds Culpepper on the approach to Monday’s game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald