Westminster Christian’s baseball team is a couple of years removed from a sustained state championship success.
That could change this season if the Warriors keep putting together complete performances like they did again Wednesday afternoon.
Juniors John Gonzalez and Isiah Musa and senior Brendan Auerbacher combined for a five-inning no-hitter and got plenty of run support during a 17-0 rout of visiting Westwood Christian in a Region 4-3A quarterfinal.
Westminster Christian (22-4-1), which has won a Miami-Dade record 10 state titles won its last two in 2009 and 2010 and advanced to state in 2011.
With a cohesive unit that is hitting over .360 as a team and a 1-2 starting pitching punch of Gonzalez and junior lefty Ryan Terry, Westminster appears to be a favorite to make a return trip to state this season.
After its seventh consecutive victory, Westminster will play Sagemont in a regional semifinal Tuesday at Tequesta Trace Park in Weston likely at 3:30 p.m.
“These guys are motivated and they’re looking forward and they realize what it’s going to take to win the big one,” Westminster Christian coach Emil Castellanos said. “They really have come together as a team much like our 2009 and 2010 teams did.”
Westwood Christian (13-10) lost several players from last year’s Class 2A state championship team, and looked overmatched from the start.
Gonzalez started the game and pitched three innings striking out three. He also hit a solo home run – the first of his career - and went 3 for 3.
Senior second baseman Yuri Sucart went 3 for 3 with a two-run home run and four RBI. Julian Infante went 1 for 2 with an RBI and junior Adrian Mayans had two RBI.
Should the Warriors beat Sagemont (13-6), they could host either Coral Springs Christian, Westminster Academy or Melbourne Central Catholic in the regional finals for a potential 16th trip to state.
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WP: John Gonzalez (8-2). LP: Nick Mejias (6-5).
Whirling wind from empty swings cooled the bleachers as Sagemont pitcher Andres Vazquez shutout Archbishop Carroll 1-0 Wednesday in a 4-3A quarterfinal game at Tequesta Trace Park.
“(Vazquez) has been doing it all year,” Sagemont coach Wesley Morejon said. “I came into today thinking bullpen by committee, but he has been going into every game throwing six innings. I wasn’t surprised by his effort; just super impressed with the way he keeps his composure out there.”
Vazquez (5-3) needed that composure up until the last play of the game. In the top of the seventh inning, Chris Ianano’s throw from leftfield found catcher Edison Rodriguez to catch the runner at home and preserve a shutout.
“My defense was great,” Vazquez said. “I had that throw from leftfield to get the out at home. I was just trying to hit my spots and let my defense do the work behind me. They are a very tough opponent and a great hitting team.”
The Lions (14-7) scored the only run of the game in the second inning. After a Vazquez walk, Edgar Abreu took over running duties. Alexis Revelo smacked a double to right field, scoring Abreu and giving the Lions the lead.
Vazquez had three strikeouts and gave up four hits in the victory.
“I was a little bit worried about the offense, but I knew that if I stayed controlled and my defense was behind me, we would be able to get the win,” Vazquez said.
Sagemont plays Westminster Christian Tuesday in a region 4-3A semifinal game.
Brynn Martinez was 2-for-3 in the victory. Revelo was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Sal Lorenzo took the loss for the Bulldogs.