Baseball secures two wins against Gaithersburg and Richard Montgomery


Photo by Sanir Byanjankar

Captain Leo Simpson eyes the catcher, throwing a fastball. Simpson pitches and is a first baseman for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats visited the Gaithersburg Trojans on Wednesday, Mar. 29. Although the game started slow, WJ picked it up to secure the 2-0 win.

The Wildcats got on the board in the bottom of the third. Junior outfielder Jake Goldberg hit a two-run double. Sophomore Shawn Rudick led the Wildcats pitching.

The Wildcats ran themselves into an out as junior Jay Wandell was thrown out trying to steal third.

On the defensive side, in the fifth inning, the Trojans got a single off a defensive error. But WJ was able to finish out the inning clean allowing no more runners to reach a base.

Rudicks pitching four scoreless innings secured the win for the Wildcats. Their record stands 2-1.

“I had command of all my pitches and was easy getting the job done when my defense was performing behind me,” Rudick said.

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The Wildcats came out strong in the first inning up at bat. Sophomore Brady Chan, senior Dan Avillo and Goldberg all collected singles. Wandell had an impressive two-run single and junior Vance Bonior got a double. The Wildcats ended the first, five up against the Rockets.

They didn’t stop there. In the second inning, Bonior, Avillo and senior Braden LaChappelle all hit singles. Wandell hit a double, gaining two more runs.

The top of the third was slow, but Chan got home. Ending it 8-0

In the fourth, sophomore Ethan Hsu got a single. After the Rockets walked three Wildcats they switched pitchers. After Chan hit a single and Bonior got a walk WJ was still up 12-1.

Top of the fifth, junior Nick Zayas walked, then managed to steal second and third. A bad pitch got him all the way home.

Senior Leo Simpson led the team with three scoreless innings on the defensive side for the Wildcats. Catcher Bonior had a great play at second base in the first inning. Sophomore Andres Johnson and junior Aidan Watts.

After a good set of pitching and tying together multiple hits we managed to mercy RM 13-2, ending their winning streak,” Simpson said.