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Wildcats sweep doubleheader

Appeal Staff Report

Kevin Schlange celebrated his birthday by going 3-for-3 in the nightcap to help the Western Nevada College baseball team finish off a sweep at Feather River Community College in a pair of scrimmages on Saturday. The Wildcats won the opener 4-2 and the nightcap 12-2.

In the nightcap, the Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Cliff Shepard doubled, Lance Ray walked and Andrew Reid was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Logan Odom walked to force in a run and Brian Barnett followed with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Kyle Gutchewsky hit a two-run double and Brett Moravec hit an RBI double to make it 5-0.

In the third, Schlange hit an RBI single and Shepard followed with a two-run double to make it 8-1. Chuck Howard’s RBI single made it 9-1 in the fifth.

In the seventh, the Wildcats made it 12-1 on the strength of singles by Schlange, Mike Long and Victor Nunez and two wild pitches. Long had two hits and Ray and Marshall Kinnebrew each added a hit.

Starting pitcher Jose Barajas allowed one unearned run over three innings. James Crockett pitched three scoreless innings. Jordan Blanchard struck out five and allowed an unearned run over three innings.

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In the opener, the Wildcats scored four runs after there were two outs and nobody on to break a scoreless tie in the seventh. Moravec singled, Ray singled and Reid and Barnett walked to force in a run. Ray then scored on a wild pitch, Reid scored on a passed ball and Barnett scored on a balk to make it 4-0.

Ray was 3-for-4, Travis Feiner doubled and Gutchewsky and Jerome Pena each added a hit. Starting pitcher Kyle Farrell struck out five over four scoreless innings.

Matt Klein pitched three scoreless innings. Javy Perez was on the verge of putting the finishing touches on a shutout, but a throwing error with two outs in the ninth gave Feather River its two runs.