Antelope ends Whitney win streak but ‘Cats lead CAL

Mira Loma falls 4-2
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Antelope was able to end Whitney High’s baseball team win streak but the Wildcats (7-1, 19-1 overall) came back to defeat Mira Loma 4-2 Friday to stay No. 1 in the Capital Athletic League.

Josh Little scattered seven Matador hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings for the win. Chris Schwarz and Ben Murphy came on in relief.

Runs were scored by P.J. Floyd (2), Aaron Winter and Little to provide the winning margin. Trevor Abrams and Walker Carpenter doubled in the game, Floyd and Little both hit triples.

At Antelope, the Titans scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held Whitney to just one run in the top of the seventh to hand the ‘Cats their only loss this season, 4-3 April 17.

J.R. Robinson went the distance on the hill giving up six hits and striking out three.

The Wildcats had eight hits in the game, Floyd had a double and Abrams was 2-3 at the plate. Brandon Espley scored twice and Little once.

Whitney defeated Antelope 3-2 April 16 for their second win over the Titans. Each game played in the three-game series between the two clubs was decided by one run.

The Wildcats’ Drew Romo pitched seven tough innings that game, scattering seven hits and allowing two earned runs.

Antelope put its leadoff hitter on board five times in the contest but could only bring home two runs.  A trip to the mound by Whitney head coach Rob Dorchak in the top of the seventh may have made the difference.

With two outs and a runner on base, Dorchak walked to the mound, pointed at Romo and then returned to the dugout.

“I had a feeling he was going to do this. He came out and just pointed at me and said, ‘You got him,’” said Romo after the game. “He instilled the confidence in me to pull through for that inning.”

In the second inning, Jacob Erickson put Whitney on the board after an Antelope throwing error. Austin Harris then capitalized on two-consecutive passed balls to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

In what turned out to be the winning run, the Wildcats’ key hits came on back-to-back pitches to start the third inning.

On the first pitch, Robinson hit a stand-up triple to deep right field. On the very next pitch, Trevor Abrams’ single to left field drove in Whitney’s only earned run.

“I felt like we came ready to play today,” said Dorchak. “From the start of the game to the end, it was a great team effort.”

CAL – Whitney 7-1, Antelope 6-2, Rio Americano 4-4, Cordova 3-5, El Camino 3-5, Mira Loma 1-7.

Schedule – at Mira Loma, April 22, at Rio Americano April 24, Rio Americano April 26.