Multiple Alum Have Been Drafted by MLB
The 2013-14 Wildcats baseball team has already earned some bragging rights. Three Western Nevada College pitchers limited the their opponents to two hits and Jack Hall lined a two-run single as the Wildcats won the first WNC vs. WNC Alumni Game, 7-1, Saturday at John L. Harvey Field.
Sophomore hurlers Jeremy Alderman, Christian Stolo and Spencer Greer each tossed three innings and kept the Wildcat alums from generating many scoring chances.
“Our pitching staff did a really good job,” said WNC Coach D.J. Whittemore. “It was great for our current program to face the pro pitching.”
Each of Whittemore’s eight teams was represented by at least one player or coach. Alumni who participated included Jimmy Pierce, Tyson Jacquez, Aaron Henry, Chad Walling, Thomas Miller, Stephen Sauer, Wes Osmer, Taylor Mieras, Andrew Garcia, David Carroll, Kevin Taylor, Trevor Goff, Sean Dwyer, Brooks Klein, Patrick McMeel, Chris Garrison, Tony Guidara, Eric Maupin, Justin Garcia, Brian Barnett, Kramer Champlin and Kody Gorden. Jacquez, Maupin, Sauer, Champlin, Garrison and Justin Garcia were each drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
“It was really fun for the alumni to get back together. I’m really thankful for their involvement in the weekend and their continued support of our program,” Whittemore said. “It really creates a link to the past. It’s more than banners hanging outside the wall; our guys can actually see the guys who built the program.”
Justin Garcia, a 2007 draft choice of Tampa Bay, delivered three scoreless innings for the Alumni, while Champlin, who had a 6-4 record and 3.67 earned run average for the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League, tossed a scoreless ninth inning for the Alumni.
Kevin Edwards, a member of the Wildcats’ original coaching staff, managed the Alumni squad.
It appears the Alumni will get a crack at evening the score next year.
“We would like to make this an annual event,” Whittemore said. “I think we can double the attendance for next year.”
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