Western Nevada Community College's baseball team (25-15, 19-9 in conference) won one game in a windy four-game series last weekend against Dixie State at Carson High School's Ron McNutt Field. The Wildcats dropped to third place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, two and a half games behind Dixie.
In the first game on Friday, Dixie pitchers held Western to two hits winning 5-0. Brad Carlsen and Jerahmie Libke both had singles for the Wildcats. Starting pitcher Justin Garcia struck out eight and allowed three runs, two unearned, in 5.2 innings. Reliever Jake Bottari then came in and gave up two runs on two hits.
A total of 18 runs were scored in the second game, as WNCC won 14-4. The Wildcats scored six runs in the first inning, highlighted by RBI singles from Cole Rohrbough and Pat Grennan, and Carson High School grad Aaron Henry's two-run double. Henry also had an RBI single in the second, and then scored a run in the fourth on an errant pickoff throw by Dixie's catcher.
The Wildcats then broke open the game in the sixth scoring six runs, and the game was called on the ten-run rule. Starter Cole Tyson gave up three runs in four innings to get the win, with relievers Stephen Sauer and Daniel Grubbs holding Dixie to one run in the final three innings.
On Saturday, WNCC lost the first game 4-2. Starting pitcher Josh Brink allowed two runs in 3.2 innings, and relievers Ryan Iodence and Grubbs gave up the other two. Tyson Jaquez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first, and Taylor Mieras had an RBI single in the fourth to round out the Wildcats scoring.
That was it for the scoring for Saturday as the Wildcats were shut out in the second game 2-0 in a brilliant pitching duel by both sides. Dixie scored two runs in the tenth inning on a ball that was in centerfielder Aaron Henry's glove, and then popped out when he dived and hit the ground. Two runs scored on the play, as Dixie held WNCC to one hit, a double by Jaquez.
Starter Mason Tobin matched Dixie's efforts with a great performance of his own, giving up only one hit in six innings. Sauer took the loss in relief, and Iodence gave up the winning hit in the nail-biter.
The Wildcats have a bye this weekend and then travel to Rangley, CO., to take on Colorado Northwestern April 21-22 in two doubleheaders starting at 1 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
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