Doubleheader Continues Saturday at Noon
The Western Nevada College baseball team took care of business on Friday. In the first doubleheader of its final home series this season, the Wildcats dominated Colorado Northwestern Community College, 11-2 and 15-1, and collected 28 hits. Now, WNC is looking to capture Saturday's doubleheader in an effort to move into second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, and gain a first-round bye in next week's NJCAA Region 18 tournament in Las Vegas.
WNC's fate is not entirely its own, though, as it stands a half-game out of second place in the SWAC, behind Salt Lake Community College. SLCC is in a fight of its own this weekend as it takes on league leading College of Southern Nevada in a four-game series at home. But playing at John L. Harvey Field against sixth place Colorado Northwestern may help the Wildcats secure the victories it needs to move into second place.
The Wildcats tallied 13 hits and scored in five of six innings to start the four-game stand. They finished the day with a five-inning game where WNC scored 15 runs on 15 hits for a 15-1 final score.
Game one starting pitcher Jordan Lewis walked only two batters in six innings in a five-hitter. Closer Kyle Dimartino went three up, three down to seal the victory in the seventh inning, aided by solid fielding from the Wildcats infield.
In game two, ace pitcher Kramer Champlin struck out six and allowed only two hits before giving way to closer Riley Bevill for the fifth and final inning.
But it was Wildcats leftfielder Kyle Conwell who made an indelible impact on the day. In his first series since returning to the team after his mother's recent death, Conwell hit two home runs and four RBIs, bringing in a total of eight runs. After each home run, Conwell looked skyward as he ran the bases toward home, and afterward he said it was really good to be back.
"It was tough leaving the team after you get to know them real well," he said. "Guys were texting me, saying they were praying for me, they missed me, and they've got my back."
In the opener, Conwell started the scoring in his first trip to the plate with an RBI single to put WNC up 1-0. Right fielder Brooks Klein and first baseman Eric Maupin added RBIs and the Wildcats led 3-0 after the first inning.
CNCC's David Stevenson countered with an RBI single to make it 3-1 in the top of the second inning, but WNC was just warming up. Shortstop Jay Skilton knocked an RBI double into deep right field, and Spencer Ofelt hit an RBI triple to put the Wildcats up 5-1 after two innings.
The Spartans added one run in the top of the fourth, but the Wildcats heated up again in the bottom of the inning, adding two runs on two hits by leftfielder Kyle Conwell and second baseman Spencer Ofelt to make it 7-2. WNC scored two more runs in the fifth inning off a wild pitch and sacrifice fly, and two in the sixth off hits by Sean Dwyer and Kevin Taylor.
In game two, CNCC opened play with a leadoff home run over left center field by Roman Chavez, for a 1-0 lead. But that was where the Spartan scoring stopped and WNC took over. The Wildcats tallied 15 runs on 15 hits, without an error, before ending the game after five innings on the 10-run lead rule.
Wildcats scoring including 3 for 3 hitting and an RBI double by first baseman Paul Cagle, and RBIs by Jonathan Sigado, Ofelt, Kevn Taylor, Chris Marangon, and Colby Sokol.
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