Face SWAC rival Salt Lake this weekend
Two national junior college baseball poll services continue to like the looks of the Western Nevada College Wildcats.
After winning 17 of its past 19 games, WNC rose to No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top-20 poll released on Wednesday. The Wildcats (25-7) also moved up a spot to No. 9 in the Perfect Game top-50 poll that came out on March 26.
"We haven't been in the Top 10 during the regular season all that often," said WNC Coach D.J. Whittemore.
Whittemore, who has coached two Wildcats teams to the JUCO World Series, said that in past years they have been ranked as high as third in the preseason and postseason polls.
WNC was tenth in the previous Perfect Game and NJCAA polls. Since those polls were released, the Wildcats split a four-game series at cross-state rival College of Southern Nevada, and swept a four-game set from College of Southern Idaho.
Walters State Community College, Tenn., (28-3) replaced Louisburg College, N.C., (33-3) atop the NJCAA poll. Iowa Western Community College (19-1) is ranked No. 2 and Louisburg No. 3.
Salt Lake Community College (21-4), which visits WNC for a four-game series Friday-Saturday, slid three spots to No. 18.
Orange Coast, Calif., (22-2-1) is perched atop the latest Perfect Game poll, with Walters State No. 2 and Iowa Western No. 3. Salt Lake crept up to No. 13 from No. 17. The Perfect Game poll reflects the play of more than 500 junior colleges, including the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and California, according to Whittemore.
WNC faces Salt Lake Community College this weekend in a key Scenic West Athletic Conference matchup at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City. WNC is in first place at 14-2/25-7, while the Salt Lake is a close second at 12-2/21-4. Doubleheaders begin at noon on Friday and Saturday.
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