L-C sharp enough to notch a win
By MATT BREACH OF THE
watching Jared Joaquin and Max Hibbs
work the mound in Monday's game against
Westmont College, Lewis-Clark State
coach Ed Cheff didn't seem overly
impressed with either pitcher's
Joaquin, who is still working his way
back from a tender elbow, started the
game and lasted just three innings. "We
had him on a 50-pitch count," Cheff
said, "and he used them all up in three
innings. We thought we might get four
innings out of him, but ... he was OK."
Hibbs came on in the fourth and "was
really erratic and all over the place,"
Cheff said. "He was still effective, but
I didn't think he was special at all
The satisfactory outings aside,
Joaquin and Hibbs still managed to
sparkle just enough to lead the Warriors
to their 16th win of the season, a 9-2
decision over the Santa Barbara, Calif.,
school in the first of a three-game
series at Harris Field.
Joaquin, who Cheff feels could
eventually crack the starting rotation
once completely healthy, allowed just
two hits, struck out three and kept
Westmont (4-18) off the scoreboard.
Hibbs came on in relief to pick up
his second win of the year. He struck
out four and gave up just two runs --
one of which was unearned.
On the offensive side of the ball,
Cheff seemed slightly more pleased with
the effort exhibited by his lineup.
The Warriors knocked around three
different Westmont pitchers for 11 hits
and showed good patience at the plate,
drawing eight walks.
"I thought we swung a little bit
better today," Cheff said. "We're
picking it up a little bit and I saw
some positive things that will hopefully
pick us up."
One player who almost single-handedly
ignited the Warrior offense was senior
D.J. Kooken, who nearly hit for the
Kooken started the afternoon by
launching a triple down the right-field
line in the second inning. He would
eventually score on Jon Buettner's
sacrifice fly to center.
In the third, Kooken roped a hit into
centerfield that plated two runs and
gave the Warriors a commanding 6-0 lead.
But Kooken saved his best for last,
as he connected on a ball in the seventh
inning that tight-roped the left-field
line before clearing the wall for a
"It was good to see (Kooken) hit like
that," Cheff said, "because we think of
him as pretty good hitter and he might
have a shot at being the designated
Kooken's round-tripper was his first
homerun of the season and the Warriors'
first in over a month. The Warriors had
not cleared the fence in 14 games, the
last coming in a Feb. 12 win over
The Warriors, who have put together a
five-game winning streak, will tussle
with Westmont again today at Harris
Field at 3 p.m.