ROCKLIN, CA - The Lewis-Clark State Warrior baseball team started their season off on a high note, coming away with the upset 8-1 victory over 14th ranked William Jessup in Tuesday's season opener.
Lewis-Clark State fell behind early after giving up a run in the bottom of the first inning, but quickly answered back with four runs of their own in the top of the second, and another two in the top of the third.
“Offensively our approach early in the game was very good,” coach Jake Taylor said. “We lost focus and energy in the middle innings and left some runs on the board. Pitching was a bright spot all around. Elias Moctezuma, Luke Tedrick and Greg Blackman combined to have a great first outing for our staff. Defensively we played well as a unit. Caden Goldby, Riley Way and Dalton Harum all made exceptional plays to take runs off the board for William Jessup.”
The LCSC pitching staff was impressive, giving up just five hits all day and only surrendering the one run in the first on a sacrifice fly. Elias Moctezuma and Luke Tedrick combined to pitch six full innings for the Warriors.
Seven LCSC Warriors were able to get into the hit column, with Riley Way (Lewiston), A.J. Davis (Clarkston) and Aidan Nagle all recording multiple.
Despite winning by 7, Lewis-Clark State still left a lot of room for improvement on offense, in particular situational hitting. 13 runners were stranded on base and as a team they hit just .238 with runners in scoring position (RISP).
The Warriors (1-0) will continue play Thursday, when they travel to Phoenix for the Arizona Christian Tournament and will face Taylor (Ind.) at 9:00 A.M.