CLAREMONT, Calif. – Last weekend, the Whittier College baseball team played its final game of the season against Claremont-M-S and despite scoring two runs in the top of the ninth it couldn’t complete the comeback and dropped an 8-6 decision to the Stags.
Whittier opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning after Ben Cohon reached on being hit by a pitch. The senior stole second base and after a pair of walks to load the bases Ian Bablewski reached on an error to plate Cohon.
The Stags answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, three in the third and one in the fourth to hold a 6-1 lead after four innings.
The Poets started their really with a three-spot in the fifth inning. Jacob Storrer drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single by Andrew Vallejo. Bablewski hit into an RBI groundout that scored Storrer and advanced to Vallejo to second. Reed Tuttle kept the inning alive with a one-out walk and Tyler Bogart cleared the bases and pulled Whittier within two with a two-RBI double.
WC threatened in the seventh with a one-out double from Tuttle but he was stranded on second.
Claremont-M-S got a pair of insurance runs in the home half of the eighth which proved the difference. A one-out, two-run, homerun gave the Stags an 8-4 after eight.
The Poets’ ninth started with a Storrer walk and a Vallejo single before Bablewski doubled both runs home. Whittier had runners on the corners with two-outs and Darby Weppner at the plate but CMS retired him on strikes to end the game.
Vallejo and Bablewski each finished with two hits while Storrer and Vallejo scored a pair of runs apiece.
Ryan Schwenn pitched well in relief as he allowed just two runs on six hits over 4.2 innings of work.