Fairweather Powers Warriors to Win

Junior Jamar Fairweather has not allowed a run on the mound yet this season.

He is also a pretty good hitter too.

Fairweather slugged a home run and drove in four runs to help power the Westminster Christian Warriors to an 11-1 win in five innings over Ransom Everglades.

“I think we were a little slow hitting-wise, but at the end we put it all together and then we put up 11 runs,” Fairweather said.

Fairweather delivered a two-run single on a hard ground ball up the middle to spark a three-run first inning.

He added a two-run homer, his third of the season, over the right-field wall in the fourth.

“It felt good,” Fairweather said. “I’ve been struggling for a little while, but I just put in extra work after practice and after games. I’m just trying to get the bottom, inner-half of the baseball and put the ball in the air. I’m not a fast guy so I’ve got to put the ball in the gap or over the fence.”

Senior Lucas Costello drove in two runs and sophomore Jayden Melendez added two doubles while junior Richard Benitez and senior Alek Jacomino also each knocked in a run for the Warriors (12-2) who finished with eight hits.

“They did what they had to do just to get by,” Westminster Christian head coach Emil Castellanos said. “At the end I want to see a little more fight.”

The Warriors held the Raiders 

(6-4) to two hits as senior starter Jarrett Bond struck out four and hit three batters in two scoreless innings, junior Dominic Ganley tossed a scoreless inning, senior Nicholas Mullis allowed one run in one inning, and senior Dylan Carrasco struck out the side in his only frame.

Westminster Christian is at the midway point of the season as they search for their 12th state title and first since 2015.

“The boys look good,” Castellanos said. “The team looks great. We’re running pretty well as a team. Pitching and defense has been great and we’ve had good timely hitting so we’re excited with what we see now as a team.”

Hall of Famer and Miami native Andre Dawson was in attendance and posed for a photo with the team after the game.

“It’s just having another Major League baseball guy here with him and Raul Ibanez just come out and give back to the kids is special,” Castellanos said. “It bridges them all together and tries to keep them close. It’s something special for the program.”

Ransom Everglades (6-4) was plagued by four errors, four hit batters, and five wild pitches while being held to two hits.

The Raiders had a chance to cut into the deficit when they loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but managed to score just one run.

Westminster Christian 11, Ransom Everglades 1

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Fisher and Gershman. Bond, Ganley (3), Mullis (4), Carrasco (5), and Melendez. W – Bond. L – Fisher. 2B – Westminster: Melendez (2), Martin, Ibanez. HR – Westminster: Fairweather.