At the start of the season league coaches predicted that the Western Mennonite Baseball program would finish no higher than 5th place in the Statesman Journal preview of the coming season. Yet, the Pioneer Boys Varsity Baseball team caped off their season with two key wins to finish the regular season tied for 2nd, taking the program back to the State Tournament after a seven year hiatus! On May 19, the team faced elimination going into their final league game of the season vs Kennedy. Despite losing to Kennedy 0-10 just two days before, the team rose to the occasion on Senior Night to win the game 6-4. When asked about the finish to the regular season, head Coach of 16 years, Dave Chambers reflected that, “No one believed that we could get this far, but the players never quit and always believed in each other.”
“No one believed that we could get this far,
but the players never quit and always believe in each other.”
On Saturday, May 20 they defeated St. Paul at home 7-2 in league playoffs to take the 13th seed going into the State Tournament. They now face 4th seeded Monroe on Wednesday, May 24 at 5 pm. The game will be played at Monroe high school. Western Mennonite School is incredibly proud of the coaching staff and players for their hard work this season! The WMS community is excited for them to have the opportunity to continue competing at the state level!
The coaching staff thanks everyone for their support as they “get to glorify God through the game of baseball.”
- After trailing 6-2 in the 4th inning of a game against Santiam, WMS scored 4 in the 5th inning, then lost the lead in the top of the 7th (7-6) but rallied to tie the score at 7 in the bottom of the 7th. Senior, Seth Mack scored the walk off run in the bottom of the 8th inning as darkness fell over the field.
- WMS also had a walk off win vs East Linn Christian 2-1.
- Down 9-2 going into the bottom of the 7th inning going against 3rd ranked Regis, WMS rallied for 6 runs on four 2 strike, 2 out, base hits. The rally fell 1 run short as the tying run was left on 2nd base.
- Ethan Halgren threw a 1 hit shutout against Central Linn.