Western Nevada College baseball fans can watch the â€™Cats and Dawgs go at it Wednesday at 1 p.m. for only $1.
The Wildcats, defending Region 18 champions, meet Prairie Baseball Academy of Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada) in a nonconference game that opens the WNCâ€™s home season.
â€œPrairie has a long history of playing Scenic West teams. They know what Scenic West baseball competition looks like,â€ said WNC coach D.J. Whittemore.
Like WNC, the Dawgs have enjoyed end-of-the-season success. PBA has won the past three Canadian College Baseball Conference titles. The Dawgs (0-4) also participate in a wood bat league.
â€œIt will be the first time weâ€™ve played them,â€ Whittemore said. â€œWeâ€™re very thankful they put us on their schedule.â€
The game marks only the fourth nonconference team that WNC has entertained at John L. Harvey Field. The others are South Mountain, Mount Hood and University of California, Santa Cruzâ€™s club team.
First pitch is at 1 p.m. Admission has been reduced to $1 for all spectators for what Whittemore is declaring as Fan Appreciation Day.
The 14th-ranked Wildcats (7-4) have won seven of their past nine games, including taking two of three from Riverside City College (Calif.) last week.
â€œRiverside has been a very formidable opponent, and Southern California in general has been inhospitable to us in terms of wins and losses,â€ Whittemore said. â€œBut the most important thing for us early in the year is to be playing well.â€