Weekend wins may secure second place in the Scenic West.
The Wildcats return to John L. Harvey Field to take on Colorado Northwestern Community College, Friday-Saturday, May 7-8 at noon and 2 p.m. WNC sits in third place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and will be looking for wins against CNCC and losses by Salt Lake, who plays the College of Southern Nevada, to earn the second place conference seat and the first round bye in the Region 18 tournament.
Despite a tough weekend against Salt Lake City Community College, the Wildcats remain focused. Coach DJ Whittemore says, "We will continue to prepare each day to reach our absolute potential. Our season goals are very much still attainable."
Western turned it on early against Salt Lake Community College Friday-Saturday, April 30-May 1, scoring five runs in the second inning of the series opener.
Eric Maupin singled and was brought home on an RBI single by Sean Dwyer. Andrew Garcia singled to score Chris Sinclair, who advanced to first on a walk. A ground out by Jay Skilton scored Trevor Goff, who reached first on an error, and Brooks Klein singled to drive in Garcia and Dwyer.
Klein tripled in the fifth and was brought home on a single by Kevin Taylor. WNC kept Salt Lake scoreless to win, 6-0. Pitcher Kramer Champlin got the win.
In game two, the Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead on a single by Maupin that scored Taylor. Western answered a run by Salt Lake in the second, with three runs in the third. An RBI double by Goff scored Maupin, and a single by Pat McMeel scored Goff and Sinclair. SLCC scored runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, making the score 4-5 Salt Lake.
Wildcats tied the game, 5-5 in the fifth when Skilton singled and was brought home on an RBI double by Taylor. The Wildcats would remain scoreless the final three innings. Final score, 5-8 Salt Lake.
On Saturday, the Wildcats struggled, falling to Salt Lake 2-3 and 1-5. Runs in the first game came in the seventh inning when Garcia singled to score Dwyer and Maupin. In the final game of the series, Taylor tripled in the seventh and came home on a ground out by Maupin to earn the lone run for Western.
Coach DJ Whittemore commented, "Although we battled every pitch the whole weekend, we did not play well offensively or defensively. SLCC has a very good team all the way around, and we will have to play very well to beat them in the playoffs."
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