The Sterling College Baseball team made the trip up the road to play the Central Christian Baseball team in McPherson on Tuesday, April 10. The game was the first non-league matchup for the Warriors since a 7-4 victory, ironically, on the road against the McPherson Bulldogs. That win on March 17 had been the Warriors’ lone victory over a ten game stretch that included games against a currently ranked Friends Falcons team, as well as the Tabor Bluejays, another top tier team in this season’s KCAC standings.

The Warriors wasted little time getting going against the Tigers of Central Christian. The score was 6-0 Sterling before the Tigers even had a chance to hit in the home half of the first inning. Senior shortstop Corey Davis Jr. scored the first of the six early runs for the Warriors. Davis Jr. also stole a base later in the game. The Warriors got huge efforts from senior outfielder Tobias Culpepper and junior catcher Miguel Velasquez. Both men ran home twice in the game, with Velasquez holding a narrow 6-5 edge in the runs batted in category. Sterling never faced a deficit in the game.

Between innings two through four, Central Christian scored their only two runs of the game, as the Warriors still outscored the Tigers 4-2 during those innings. Nine of the 15 Warriors who had a plate appearance reached base and drove in at least one run. After five innings, the Sterling lead had sizzled to 12-2. In the top of the seventh inning, the Warrior offense exploded for eight more runs to effectively end the game. It was called at the end of seven. The quartet of senior Ryan Sedillo, junior AJ Romer, senior Kaleb Wersland, and junior Jeremiah Crawford all doubled in the convincing Warriors victory.

Defensively, the Warriors received a superb performance from freshman right-handed pitcher Tyler Pfeiffer who gave up two runs. With the win, Sterling College baseball improved its record to 14-23 and 10-13 away from their stadium. The Warriors will be back in action this Friday, April 13, back on the road against the Bethany Swedes.

By: Micah Watney  Sterling, KS — Feb. 19, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the women’s basketball team started off with a game facing Bethany College. Sterling, leading most of the game, ended with a final score of 74-66 in Sterling’s favor, putting the women’s team with a total 16-13 win-loss ratio.

The night was also one of joy for some on the team as four of the seniors played their last home game. Senior Kilee Harris said that “from warm ups to the final buzzer we had so much positive energy and teamwork out on the court and from the bench. Then, you add being on your home court into that and it’s all amplified! Couldn’t ask for a better last home game!” Other seniors on the team include Jordin Greer, Samantha Mosley, and Jessica Princ.

While the Sterling men’s basketball team doesn’t have any seniors this year, the game still held some weight. Also facing Bethany College, Sterling stayed strong most of the game, leading all the way into the second half. However, with less than 10 minutes on the clock, the Swedes were able to overtake Sterling with a final score of 80-93. This puts the men’s team with a total 7-22 win-loss ratio.

On both Friday and Saturday, Sterling’s baseball team went against Oklahoma Wesleyan University in a three-game competition. For the first game, Sterling lost with a score of 3-7. Sterling led after the third inning, only to be overtaken by three runs in the sixth inning.

During the second game, Sterling was able to make a comeback winning the game 10-6. Both teams started the game off strong with Sterling in the lead until the fourth inning when Kansas Wesleyan overtook them. By the end, however, Sterling stepped up its game as Wesleyan dropped the ball.

At the third game on Saturday, Sterling was up against some tough competition that lost them the game with a score of 8-13. Oklahoma Wesleyan gave a third inning that won them the game with 10 runs. Sterling was able to catch up with an impressive six runs in the fourth inning, though it wasn’t quite enough. This lends the baseball team with a total win-loss ratio of 3-9.

On Saturday, Sterling’s softball team played two games against Doane University. Sterling ended up winning the first game with a score of 24-22, but lost the second game 9-13. This puts the softball team with a total 2-4 win-loss ratio.

Senior Jenna Weimer stated, “I think in light of the high score of the previous game we let up a bit. We figured in any given inning we could just score five or six runs like we had in the last game, and that just wasn’t the case with the second game’s pitcher. Lots of good stuff individually, we just couldn’t quite pull it together as a team.”

By: Briseyda Ponce   Sterling, KS — Feb 12, 2018, 2:31 P.M.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Sterling men’s basketball team faced Friends University in Wichita, KS. with an outcome of 91-97. Ultimately what caused such a close loss was due to the major issue of the teams turnovers. With only two more games left, the defense is in a time crunch to fix the issue that is their defensive play, having difficulty to even put 80/90 points per game.

In the first half of the game, Sterling was behind 18 points. “This hurt us because we know they’re a good team and weren’t going to let us back into the game easily,” said freshman Sean Nordberg. “Secondly, there was a short stretch late in the second half when we had the lead down to six or seven. We missed our next shot, then fouled on the defensive end and shortly after found ourselves down 11 again after some calls that didn’t go our way.” Nordberg was the leading scorer of the night with 24 points.

There are only two games left for their season. Junior Keyshawn McMahon believes his team will finish strong, saying that he is “excited” and that “we will keep getting better and finish strong.” What the team is expecting is a win streak for the last two games. Due to how new and young the team is, this is a year of experimenting and learning. The team is now not only preparing for the last two games, but the next season as well.

On Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10, the Sterling baseball team traveled to San Antonio, Texas with an overall record of 1-3 this weekend. They faced Our Lady of the Lake University and Central Methodist University. The first game against Our Lady of the Lake ended with a score of 7-8. Second game they played this weekend was against Central Methodist, with an ending score 5-8. Game three against Central Methodist saw SC baseball in the lead with 5-1, but ended up losing 5-8. The fourth and final game of the weekend was a turning point with a win of 5-8. One of the highlights from those games was freshman Tyler Pfeifer pitching seven innings throughout the weekend.

With 30 plus games to come ahead, the team is facing Oklahoma Wesleyan University,  ranked number five in the nation. Sterling’s baseball team will soon start conference this week, aiming to advance in regionals and working their way to the World Series this spring.

“I feel like the first win came at the right time, we have momentum going towards our conference opener against OK Wesleyan,” said sophomore Cristian Bracero. He also believes there is improvement needed to be made such as “not walking walking as many people, taking care of the ball when we are in defense.” He feels confident that the team will bounce back. “I feel confident about this team and I trust every single guy in it.”

Freshman Daniel Medina also believes the last game they played was an eye-opening moment for the team as a whole. Medina, just like Bracero, believes there is much to improve when it comes to pitching. He has full trust of the coaches in the team. “We are a family in and out of the field, making us stronger than ever…nothing but great things await us.”