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WNC baseball looking to rebound from losses

Justin Lawson

Western Nevada College baseball coach D.J. Whittemore has always believed that a slow start to the season gives his team room to grow, something to work on and strive for. Well after the best start in Wildcat history, 15-4, they dropped three of four games last weekend to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in Southern Nevada.

And just like that, the Wildcats found something to improve on.

“I think it was a little eye-opening,” Whittemore said. “We’ve played them before when they were No. 1 and we’ve beat them before when they were No. 1. So, we tell them (the players) that we’re good and sometimes they think we’re calling wolf. But seeing the quality of their pitching, I think was a wake-up call.”

Three losses to a top-ranked team, though, is only half the story. Upon further review none of those were blowouts and if the ball bounced a few different ways, WNC would have come home feeling pretty high. It fell 4-3, 3-0 and 0-3 in the three losses and won the third game of the series 8-2.

The close scores left WNC players feeling they’re not too far off.

“We were upset, but we played hard, gave it our all and sometimes you can’t win em all,” WNC freshman outfielder Brooks Klein said. “I wouldn’t say deflated, more motivated. We just want to get better and beat them next time.”

WNC (4-4 Scenic West Athletic Conference, 16-7 overall) will get a chance to rebound today when it faces Southern Idaho (1-6, 12-11) in a doubleheader, which begins at noon.

Aiding the Wildcats will be the return of Jordan Lewis. The sophomore was one of their best pitchers a year ago and has been hampered by a groin injury all season. He has been limited to just seven innings, two of which came in last weekend’s win which he gave up two hits and an earned run along with two strikeouts.

“I was feeling good,” Lewis said of last week’s game. “I was throwing harder. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this much rest in my life.”