WLU baseball season review

It is finally baseball season on the Hilltop. As the spring season approaches, perhaps one of the most relaxing activities to do is to watch a baseball game of any level. Baseball fans on the Hilltop have become accustomed to a winning culture. Fortunately for West Liberty fans, the Hilltoppers have won three of their last four games, giving many much to cheer about as the season progresses. Although the beginning of the 2021 season for West Liberty was difficult before their winning streak, being able to watch collegiate baseball games at all since COVID-19 has been a blessing for many. After losing their first five games, the Hilltoppers were happy to shake off the rust and finally get back to winning ways. They will look to continue said culture for the remainder of the season.

With the Hilltoppers ongoing hot streak including wins over the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Glenville State College, fans have seen team leaders emerge, with the hopes of their success lasting the remainder of the season. Some offensive standouts for the Hilltoppers include Jason Schutte (1HR, 6RBI), Kaden Blomquist (.455AVG, 4RBI), and Ross Salvatori (.333AVG, 4RBI). Although the offensive firepower for the Hilltoppers have been present thus far, the pitching staff for the Hilltoppers also has players who continue to shine. Included in this success is Justin Pennybacker (1-1 2.81ERA), and Ian Brady (1-1 2.00ERA).

Although the Hilltoppers are 3-6 as it stands, they are just 1-1 in Mountain East Conference play. Although this record positions West Liberty at fourth in the MEC North Division, upcoming wins against conference opponents can certainly increase West Liberty’s divisional standings. The Hilltoppers is that their remaining 30 straight games are all against divisional opponents. Although that may seem very daunting to many clubs, West Liberty embraces the opportunity to compete against divisional opponents for a long period of time. Now that the Hilltoppers look more comfortable as the season progresses, expect more wins to come their way.