Following this past weekend’s stellar performance, including a complete game no-hitter by junior pitcher Berkley Kirsche, Westminster’s varsity baseball team is moving on to the final eight and will compete in the second round of GISA playoffs.

“These guys are just awesome!” said Athletic Director Matt Payne.  “They have displayed tremendous energy and have been so positive the entire week.  They have worked hard and are excited to be advancing.”

Westminster Lions Senior Players and Coaches. L-R: Evan Splichal, Coach Nate Donatelli, Josh Gamber, Ryan Wise, Austin Woods, Coach Caleb Abney, Chad Herrin

The team competed Friday and Saturday in a best of three series at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton in the first round of the GISA baseball playoffs. 

Westminster Christian won game one, 15-8.  Berkley Kirsche had four hits, three runs and three RBIs.  Kirsche was followed by Joe Zehna (three hits, three runs, five stolen bases), Zach Daniell (three hits, one RBI, three runs, two RBIs, two stolen bases), Austin Woods (three hits, two RBIs, three stolen bases) and Andrew DeLong (two hits, three RBIs, one run, one stolen base).

The team was originally scheduled for a double header Saturday, but Kirsche’s no-hitter, complete with eight strike outs, clinched the best-of-three in only two games.  Kirsche finished 1-for-2 with three RBIs, two runs, a walk and two stolen bases, Austin Wood went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases, and Chad Herrin went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Lions will play Crisp Academy in Cordele, GA next weekend.  Game times are Friday, May 11 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.