Sporting WCA

Baseball Sweeps in Parkway Tournament

Wildcats Defeat Longhorns Behind DJ Stewart’s Monster Day.

Westminster vs Parkway West



DJ Stewart: 2-3 4RBI HR

Logan Sells: 2-2 3RUNS 2SB

Dominic Cusumano: 2-3 3RBI 3RUNS

Carter McCall: 4.2INP 2H 0R

The Westminster Wildcats returned home from the annual Florida trip on Monday and continued their winning ways defeating the Parkway West Longhorns in the first game of the Parkway Tournament 10-6 behind DJ Stewart’s homerun and 4 RBI’s. The Wildcats (5-0) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning after Stewart drove home two runs on a bases loaded single up the middle and continued to tack on runs holding a 8 run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth. Dominic Cusumano knocked in two of those runs on a base hit up the middle to continue his torrid start to the season and Stewart hit a line drive no-doubter to deep centerfield to record his first homerun of the season. On the mound, Carter McCall held the Longhorns’ (0-1) bats hitless through 4 innings keeping the Longhorns hitters off balance and allowing his defense to make plays behind him. The Longhorns finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth, scoring 6 runs off of Westminster pitching despite only two of those runs being earned, but the Wildcats added two more runs in the top of the seventh to solidify their lead. Kevin Graham came in to pitch in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game and shut down the Longhorns to capture the Wildcats’ fifth straight win to start the season.

Cats Use Long Ball to Down Parkway North 11-3.

Westminster vs Parkway North



DJ Stewart: 2-3 2RBI 3RUNS

Jimmy Obertop: 2-3 2RBI HR

Kevin Graham: 2-3 2RBI HR 4RUNS

Weston Schad: 1-2 2RBI HR 2RUNS

Matt Ottsen: 4.1INP 5H 3ER

Michael Kolb: 2.2INP 3H 0ER 3K

On Tuesday afternoon the Westminster Wildcats traveled to Parkway North to play their second game of the Parkway Tournament and came away with a dominating 11-3 win. Behind long home runs from Weston Schad and Jimmy Obertop, the Wildcats (6-0) jumped on the Vikings to take a 4-1 lead in the second inning and never looked back. DJ Stewart knocked in a run on a double into the left center gap and Obertop added another RBI with a double over the left fielder’s head to increase the lead to 5 runs in the top of the third. To put the icing on the cake, Kevin Graham added to his already impressive day with a two-run moonshot to deep right field for his first homerun of the season in the top of the seventh. Wildcats starter, Matt Ottsen, turned in another quality start by shutting down the Vikings’ (1-1) offense through 4.1 innings, allowing just three runs on five hits and Michael Kolb pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to solidify the win. But perhaps the most impressive performance of the day came from junior, Clayton Guzdial, who set a new Westminster record by chewing 40 pieces of double bubble in his mouth at the same time while sitting on the bench. The Wildcats pushed their win streak to six games to start the season, outscoring their opponents by 33 runs over that stretch.

Stewart Pitches a Gem as Wildcats Edge Parkway Central 3-1.

Westminster vs Parkway Central



Dominic Cusumano: 2-4 1RUN

Weston Schad: 1-3 2RBI

Josh Pottebaum: 1-3 1RBI

DJ Stewart: 7INP 3H 1ER 8K

The Wildcats continued their hot start to the season on Thursday afternoon beating the Parkway Central Colts 3-1 behind a complete game from starting pitcher, DJ Stewart. Stewart struck out eight Colt hitters with his dominating fastball and devastating slider and limited Parkway Central (0-3) to just one run on three hits, pitching around several errors committed by the Wildcats. Weston Schad helped Westminster (7-0)  jump out to a lead in the top of the first with an RBI double down the left field line after Dominic Cusumano doubled and Stewart reached on an error, and Josh Pottebaum padded the lead in the top of the fourth with an RBI single up the middle. The Wildcats mustered only six hits and three runs off of the Colts starting pitcher, Anthony Klein, who kept the Westminster hitters off balanced throughout most of the afternoon, but the premier pitching performance came from Stewart. The Colts scored their lone run of the day in the bottom of the fifth off of a flair that fell into centerfield, but Stewart was able to shut them down for most of the afternoon. With a 3-0 record heading into the final game of the Parkway Tournament, the Wildcats have a chance to do what no other team in Westminster history has ever done in beating all four of the Parkway Schools in the same season.

Westminster Earns First-Ever Sweep of Parkway Tournament, Routes South 19-1.

Westminster vs Parkway South



Kevin Graham: 3-3 2HR 2B 6RBI

Josh Pottebaum: 2-3 2RBI

Ben Sullivan: 1-2 HR 3RBI

Connor Dolan: 5INP 1H 0ER

This year’s Westminster Wildcats varsity baseball team accomplished what no other team in Westminster history has ever done by sweeping all four of the Parkway Schools in the same season after cruising to a 19-1 victory over Parkway South on Friday afternoon. The Cats (8-0) jumped out to a five run lead in the top of the first on a two RBI double by Kevin Graham, an RBI single by Weston Schad, and another two RBI double by Josh Pottebaum, but they weren’t done. In the top of third, the Wildcats exploded for eleven runs behind a monster three-run homerun by Graham and another three-run homerun by Ben Sullivan to push their lead to fifteen runs. Schad contributed with a run scoring double into deep left center, and two sacrifice flies from Jimmy Obertop and Dominic Cusumano also helped. In the top of the fourth, Graham added to his already gigantic day with another homerun to deep right field, increasing his season total to three. Westminster’s starter, Connor Dolan, spun another gem allowing just one hit and no earned runs through five innings, earning his second consecutive complete game to start the season. Dolan allowed his defense to make plays behind him and was able to coax the South (2-3) hitters into hitting weak ground balls and fly balls. Westminster’s win streak has reached eight games and be sure to watch next Monday as the Wildcats take on defending State Champions, Francis Howell.