With the 2014 season a little more than five months away, the Western Nevada College baseball and softball teams will take advantage of the mild fall months ahead in Carson City to prepare their rosters for the spring season. Baseball coach D.J. Whittemore’s fall scrimmage schedule includes eight home dates at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City. Softball coach Leah Wentworth will learn a lot about her 22-player roster during a 15-game fall schedule that will include two tournaments in Utah, games at Edmonds Field in Carson City, matchups with a pair of NCAA Division I schools, and a rare opportunity to meet a Scenic West Athletic Conference foe during the offseason.
Entry to all home baseball and softball scrimmages is free.
The Wildcats baseball team will open its practice season with an alumni game at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Other home dates are noon on Sunday, Sept. 15 against Lassen College of Susanville, Calif.; 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, against Feather River College, as well as the October 16-19 Players World Series, where the Wildcats roster splits into two teams to face off against one another.
Highlighting the Wildcats’ fall road baseball schedule will be the Scenic West Conference All-Star Game on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at the College of Southern Nevada. Whittemore’s team also will scrimmage against an opponent to be determined on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the University of Nevada, Reno; at Feather River College on October 4 and 6 in Quincy, Calif.; and at Delta College on October 11 in Stockton, Calif.
Whittemore will use the fall schedule to bring along his young pitching staff, which includes 11 new faces. “So far, it’s evident that we have a lot of high-quality character, a lot of intelligent players, a lot of players with work ethic,” he said.
The baseball squad will begin its season on January 31, traveling to meet South Mountain College in Phoenix.
Fans can see the Wildcats softball scrimmages at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City on Friday, Sept. 13, when they host College of the Siskiyous for 1 and 3 p.m. games.
Wentworth said the scrimmage season “will give them some experience and help them eliminate some of the nerves that go into that first game, especially for the freshmen. We’ll get a good look at everyone that will give us an idea of what to work on in the rest of the fall.”
Wentworth’s club will launch its preseason schedule with eight scrimmages in three days at the TC Thunder Tournament September 6-8 in Tooele, Utah. The highlight of the scrimmage season will come September 28 when the Wildcats travel to the Utah Valley University Tournament in Orem, Utah. The Wildcats will scrimmage conference opponent College of Southern Idaho and NCAA Division I teams Weber State and Utah Valley. The softball team will cap its scrimmage slate with a doubleheader against Shasta College on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Redding, Calif.
The Wildcats softball team will open its 2014 season January 31 at a tournament in Henderson.
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