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Top Seed Westmont Beats Los Altos in Division I Final

May. 28, 2017

By | dsabedra@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

SAN JOSE — Westmont received the No. 1 seed in the Central Coast Section’s Division I baseball bracket, and the Warriors lived up to the top billing in a four-game run that it culminated Saturday with the program’s first section championship.

Four batters into its first turn up in the title game against Los Altos at Municipal Stadium, Westmont had its first run.

Two batters later, its lead stretched to three.

That was plenty for pitcher Austin Tremelling, who followed Hunter Schilperoort’s brilliant semifinal performance with one of his own.

Westmont, in its third trip to a CCS baseball final in school history, went on to win 8-1 at Municipal Stadium, an exclamation point on a playoff run in which the Warriors outscored their four opponents by a combined score of 23-1.

For Los Altos, it was a tough end to a 20-win season. But as coach Gabriel Stewart gathered his players behind the bleachers afterward, he told them that they should be proud of what they achieved and asked them to decide whether they wanted to snap a team picture with the runner-up trophy.

They did.

On the other side, Westmont proudly hoisted the championship trophy as it finished the season 22-9.

“It’s just unbelievable,” coach Tony Pianto said. “It starts all the way in December. They come out and they’re all excited and then to end with the excitement and continuing to play hard throughout the year, with the ups and downs and things that go on on any team, it’s just a great feeling for them to pull together in the last four games.

“We make mistakes like every team does. We let down like every team does. But we made a commitment to each other. They did, and I’ve got to tip my cap to them. I am absolutely proud of them, what they accomplished and the way they accomplished it in the last four games.”

Westmont wasted little time taking command in the final. Adam Brockett got hit by a pitch, Schilperoort walked and Cameron Rottler stroked a single to left for the first run.

With two outs, Ryan Poirier hit a single to left to drive in two more runs for a 3-0 cushion.

Ethan Go hit a perfectly-placed double to right-center in the second to extend the advantage to 4-0 in the second. Brockett followed with a single through the middle to make it 5-0.

On the mound, Tremelling had to make adjustments to ensure the lead did not shrink.

“I came out with the offspeed today, and it wasn’t working,” the junior said. “I had to come out with the fastball and got them going. Our pitching staff has been amazing. Our senior, Hunter Schilperoort, has been amazing the whole season. I wish him the best of luck to him going forward.”

Westmont added two more runs in the fourth.

Los Altos, which lost 10-9 in 11 innings against Westmont during the regular season, scored its only run in the sixth as Ryan Buchner doubled and Alex Reelfs singled. An error pushed across the run.

Despite the outcome, Stewart was proud that his team advanced so far.

“I think our league prepared us for this,” he said. “We took some bumps in our league. My God, Paly, Los Gatos, Mountain View and Wilcox. They’re all pretty good. That prepared us to make this run. I am really proud of the guys, what they have done and all the hard work they put in. I hope they realize it was all worth it.”

But on this day — and through the tournament — Westmont lived up to the No. 1 seed.

“To bring (the trophy) back to the school when there has never been one there, it’s remarkable,” Pianto said. “it’s just a phenomenal accomplishment to bring this back to Wesmont. That’s the proudest thing about this whole thing, other than each individual guy, is to have this sitting in the gym on their behalf.”




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