The Western Nevada Community College baseball team (29-15, 23-9 in conference) continues to surprise in their inaugural season. The Wildcats swept four games from Colorado Northwestern last weekend to move within a game of first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. WNCC is in third place, a half game away from second-place Dixie State and one game behind first-place Southern Idaho.
"It's fun to be in the hunt for first; we have eight games to go and we're going to try and win every one of them," Head Coach D.J. Whittemore said. "We're extremely pleased to get a sweep on the road, that's one of the hardest things to do in baseball."
The Wildcats scored a season-high 16 runs in the first game Friday to win 16-1. Carson High grad Aaron Henry led WNCC hitters with a two-run homer in the second inning. Jerahmie Libke added three hits and three RBI, Tyson Jaquez had two hits and two RBI, and Thomas Miller had two hits and three RBI in the game that was called in the fifth inning on the ten-run rule. Staff ace Justin Garcia struck out seven and had a perfect game through four innings. T.J. Wohlever relieved Garcia and gave up one unearned run in the fifth.
WNCC won a tight second game on Friday 5-4. Starting pitcher Cole Rohrbough struck out seven and gave up only one run in 4.2 innings. Relievers Dan Grubbs and Ryan Iodence gave up three unearned runs but prevented Colorado from tying the game. Kyle Bondurant drove in two runs on two hits, and also scored two runs to lead the Wildcats.
On Saturday, Western scored seven runs in both games. WNCC won the first game 7-4 with six runs in the final inning. Miller came through with a two-run double, and Humbarto Rodarte, Jimmy Pierce and Pat Grennan drove in a run apiece. Starter Josh Brink allowed four runs, all in the fourth inning. Winning pitcher Chad Riddle, Grubbs and Stephen Sauer came in to shut the door on Colorado.
In Saturday's second game, starter Mason Tobin was the star, allowing one run in six innings. Reliever Jack Bottari pitched a scoreless final inning. The star batter was Aaron Greer, who recently returned to the team after recovering from a life-threatening blood condition. Greer hit a three-run home run to lead WNCC.
The Wildcats return home this weekend to face Eastern Utah in two doubleheaders starting at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission prices are $6 for adults, $3 for seniors age 60+, $3 for youth 17 years and younger, free for WNCC students with a current identification card, and free for children under age 4 accompanied by an adult. Tickets are good for both games of a doubleheader.
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