CAL champs in top form for regular season home finale

Seniors honored before game
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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The 2013 Capital Athletic League champion Whitney High varsity baseball team proved again why they are on top, defeating visiting Cordova 13-3 in their final home game Friday.

Trevor Abrams, Aaron Winter, J.R Robinson, Kyle Ruhkala, and Chris Schwarz were honored before the game as the seniors bid farewell to friends, family and fans.

The senior class then responded with an exceptional performance. Offensively, the five went a combined 7-for-10 with nine runs scored, six runs batted in, and seven base-on-balls.

The senior leadership showed remarkably in their ability to get on base. In 20 total at-bats, the senior class was able to get on base 17 times.

Schwarz pitched five innings for the Wildcats, collecting one strikeout and allowing one earned run.

The senior pitcher’s afternoon started rough, as he allowed a leadoff walk and three singles in the opening frame. Hurt further by a Wildcats’ error, Schwarz and company found themselves down 2-0 by inning’s end.

But Schwarz rebounded, keeping Cordova to three hits in the next four innings.

Remarkably enough, Schwarz made up for two of those hits by picking off Brandon Buck to end the second inning and Jarrett Harris to end the fourth.

“I thought he did an amazing job. With all the emotions today and knowing it may be the last time he pitches on this field, he really dug deep,” said Whitney head coach Rob Dorchak. “It was real poetic, I thought.”

Whitney all but sealed the game in the third inning, showing the explosive potential this team possesses.

The Wildcats’ sent up 13 batters who proceeded to drive in eight runs on three hits, five base-on-balls, and one hit batter.

On three separate occasions, the Wildcats loaded the bases in the inning scoring each time they did so.

The team will turn their attention to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs in the coming weeks. Coach Dorchak spoke about his team attitude entering the playoffs.

“I like to think we’re real process oriented. We haven’t been talking about our record all season,” said Dorchak. “We’ve just been looking at the next day and we’re at that point in the season where we hope that will pay off. From this point on, we can’t have bad days.”


Lancers      200 01x  x – 3

Wildcats    208 03x  x – 13

*League champion