Western Nevada Community College's first-year baseball team continues to impress by beating ranked opponents on the road. The Wildcats (13-11, 7-5 in conference) won two of four games Monday and Tuesday in St. George, Utah, against No. 13 Dixie State, winner of the 2004 National Junior College Athletic Association championship.
The Wildcats played Monday and Tuesday because their doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday were cancelled due to snow. Western lost a close one 2-0 in the first game on Monday. In the second game, the Wildcats came back strong to win 8-4.
On Tuesday, the Wildcats fell short 2-1 in extra innings after a frustrating finish. They were able to load the bases in the tenth inning with no outs, but couldn't manage a score. But team members didn't let the loss get to them, rallying to win the second game 3-2.
"I'm extremely proud of our players," said Head Coach DJ Whittemore. "They had a lot to deal with; it was supposed to be a 48-hour road trip, and it turned into a six-day trip because of the weather cancellations. They kept their focus and played well against a great team."
In the four-game series, Western's starting pitchers and relievers held Dixie State to nine runs. The Wildcats also benefited from stellar defensive efforts by centerfielder and Carson High grad Aaron Henry and first baseman Thomas Miller. Henry, Kyle Bondurant, Tyson Jaquez, and Pat Grennan each smacked five hits in the series.
The Wildcats will return home this Friday and Saturday to face Salt Lake Community College. Friday's doubleheader will be played at Carson High's Ron McNutt Field starting at noon. Another doubleheader will be played on Saturday at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno beginning at 11 a.m. WNCC's new John L. Harvey Field is still being completed and not yet ready to host games.
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