Will Kirk Leads Ramsey to Victory Over Westwood in Big North Division Battle

photo by: Ella Eitner

On a cool spring afternoon, fans were treated to a baseball game that had all the markings of a postseason clash. Ramsey, with a record of 14-5-1, faced off against Westwood, standing at 16-5. The stakes were high, and the atmosphere was electric as Will Kirk, a standout pitcher committed to the University of Virginia, took the mound as Ramsey looked to sweep the season against divison leader and foe Westwood. 

 The game began with Kirk demonstrating why he is one of the top pitchers in the state, utilizing a mix of fastballs and breaking pitches to keep the Westwood hitters off balance. Despite a strong start, the game was tight early on, with Ramsey taking a slim lead. Ramsey jumped ahead in the bottom of the first, capitalizing on a few Westwood missteps. 

However the second inning surprised many as Westwood answered with two runs of their own to take the lead. However, this was immediately answered with a 3-run inning from the Rams. Both teams went on to score a few more before ultimately settling down. By the end of the 3rd we had a 6-3 ball game. 

The middle innings saw both teams' defenses tighten up, with Kirk continuing to dominate from the mound. Westwood’s pitchers tried to match Ramsey's intensity, but Kirk’s ability to stifle any rallies was crucial. He consistently delivered in high-pressure situations, stranding multiple Westwood runners on base. This would continue until the bottom of the 7th where Connor McNally came in to close. 

Westwood’s coach acknowledged the tough loss but was proud of the team's effort. "We faced a great pitcher today, and while we didn’t come out on top, I’m proud of how our guys battled every inning," he commented.

With this win, Ramsey clinches the Big North Patriot division after defeating Westwood for the second time this week.