Ben Lovell

The Westminster baseball team hadn’t played a game since returning from a trip to Florida last week, but the Wildcats emerged from pool play of the Midwest Classic on Friday with two hard-earned one-run wins.

“It was a lot of fun to be able to win the close ones, and to some degree we need to play close games, because guys need that experience,” Westminster coach Rich Van Gilst said. “So it was good. We were fortunate to be able to win the first one, because it was the eighth inning. The second one we kind of had to hang on. We were up 4-0 and then gave up three runs. … It was good to see we could do that.”