Take Three of Four to Open Season
Western Nevada College Baseball won three of four games in their first pre-season outing in southern Nevada, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 27-29, against South Mountain Community College of Phoenix. The Wildcats’ only loss came in the opener, 0-1.
Western’s Chris Woolley led the game at the plate, going 2-3. Pitcher Andrew Woeck started and received the loss for Western. He was relieved by Matt Robertson who pitched four scoreless innings.
WNC edged SMCC in the series, winning 1-0 in the second match-up, where pitcher Tyler Spencer earned the win, allowing just two hits. Brandon Show got the save, throwing a scoreless ninth inning. An RBI triple by Rayne Raven scored Taylor Smart to win it for the Wildcats.
In game three, starting pitcher Brandon Jackson took the win with four scoreless innings, followed by scoreless relief pitching from Raven, earning him the save. Mike Umscheid drove in Smart with an RBI triple, and scored on a sacrifice fly RBI by Derrick Pitts. WNC won 2-1.
In the finale, pitcher Dylan Baker allowed just one hit to grab the win. Dillon Ness led at the plate with four RBIs and two hits, including a three-run homer. Bobby Pappin, Neil Lawhorn, and Zack Hendrix each collected hits to help WNC win, 6-5.
"South Mountain has a great program and always finds a way to end up near the top of the heap among the Arizona junior colleges, so to come away with three wins the first weekend of the season is outstanding,” said Wildcats Coach DJ Whittemore.
“We left plenty of room for improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball. We will get back to work this week, trying to get better in a hurry, as the competition this weekend is some of the best in the country.”
The Wildcats return to Las Vegas to face Central Arizona College, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 3-5. CAC was the runner-up in the JUCO World Series a year ago, is ranked #2 in the country, and along with Western Nevada, is the only team to make a repeat appearance in the World Series in the last eight years.
Fans can listen to the games live online at http://carsonnow.org/play-play-chris-graham. Online broadcasting of all WNC 2012 baseball games is made possible only through community donations and the volunteer work of announcer Chris Graham.
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