William Jessup hosts NAIA Western Regional Baseball Tournament

Warriors in must-win situation
By: Brianna Campbell for The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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William Jessup University baseball took the field for their second game of the NAIA Western Regional at McBean Park facing No. 3 Antelope Valley College, both teams undefeated in the double-elimination tournament.

In a back-and-forth contest, the visiting Pioneers came out on top, 4-3. 

Trailing 1-0 going into the fourth inning, Jessup’s Joe Starick tied the game with a solo home run. In the fifth, Will Law sent one deep to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead.

Antelope Valley responded with two runs in the sixth frame for a 3-2 advantage. In the bottom of the sixth, Cal Koga knotted the game once again with an RBI single.

But the Pioneers scored the winning run in the seventh when a wild pitch opened the door for a score.

Antelope Valley advances to the championship round Wednesday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

William Jessup will play Judson University Wednesday at 11 a.m. in a must-win game in order to work their way back into the championship bracket.

Jessup 12, Judson 4

After winning their first Golden State Athletic Conference championship, the host Warriors drew a first-round bye.

The teams competing were No. 5 seed University of British Columbia, No. 4 Judson University (Ill.), No. 3 Antelope Valley College (Calif.), No. 2 Middle Georgia State University and the No. 1 Warriors.

Monday against Judson, WJU defeated the Eagles 12-4. Judson came in after beating UBC 19-8 earlier in the day.

The Warriors took an early 3-1 lead and went up 7-1, with Law and Koga hitting home runs.

Starting pitcher Tristan Prybylinski picked up the win and was relieved in the seventh inning by Danny Vietti.

"I thought we played a pretty complete game against a really good team today,” said WJU head coach Jake McKinley. “Tristan competed extremely well and the offense found various ways to produce runs."