WNCC to Play for First This Weekend
The Western Nevada Community College baseball team (33-15, 27-9 in conference) opened their new ballpark in a big way sweeping four games from Eastern Utah last weekend. WNCC is now in first place in its first year in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with some huge games coming up this weekend. The Wildcats will play their last four games of the regular season against second-place Southern Idaho Friday and Saturday.
WNCC is currently in first place, one game over Southern Idaho and 1.5 games ahead of Dixie State. It is a three-way race for two conference tournament berths that will be settled this weekend. Dixie State plays at home against Salt Lake Friday and Saturday.
Last Friday, Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn threw out the first pitch at the new John L. Harvey Field. The governor's appearance fired up the Wildcats as they scored two runs in the first on a wild pitch and a Tyson Jaquez double. Pat Grennan had an RBI single in the third, and Kyle Bondurant smacked a ball to right that scored two in the fourth. In the fifth, Utah scored three runs off WNCC starter Justin Garcia. Garcia then held Utah scoreless to pick up the win. WNCC added an insurance run in the sixth on another wild pitch.
In the second game on Friday, WNCC scored six runs in the final two innings to win 6-5. Utah got five runs in five innings off WNCC starter Cole Rohrbough. In the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcat bats came alive with a RBI single from Jaquez and three-run double from Thomas Miller. Brett Mosher came then came through with a clutch two-run single in the sixth. Relievers Stephen Sauer came in to pick up the win and Dan Grubbs the save.
"It was a great win for us in our first day at our new home park," Mosher added. "To come back from a five-run deficit was huge."
On Saturday, Western won another close game 4-3 scoring three runs in the last inning. Miller came though with a walk-off double that drove in Pat Grennan. Chadd Dudley added a two-run single and Grennan an RBI double in the game. Starter Josh Brink allowed two runs, one unearned, in 4.1 innings, and Dan Grubbs gave up one run in the fifth. Ryan Iodence was the star pitcher for WNCC striking out two and holding Utah scoreless to pick up his third win of the season.
In the last game on Saturday, WNCC scored nine runs to win 9-5. Key hits included RBI doubles from Jaquez and Miller in the first, an RBI single from Mosher in the second, a two-run single from Dudley in the fifth, and a two-run double from Grennan in the sixth. WNCC starter Mason Tobin gave up four runs, one unearned, in four innings. Relievers Chad Riddle and Iodence relieved Tobin and held Utah to one run combined.
The two doubleheaders against Southern Idaho will start at 1 p.m. on Friday and noon Saturday at John L. Harvey Field. 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.
Press Release: April 27, 2006
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