Erickson base hit elevates Whitney to 5-4 win over Raiders

‘Cats stretch lead in CAL
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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In perhaps one of the most dramatic finishes to a baseball game this season, the Whitney High baseball team came through in the bottom half of the seventh inning to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a 5-4 win over Rio Americano Friday.

Trailing 4-3 with one out, J.R. Robinson was hit by a pitch to reach first base. Trevor Abrams then singled moving Robinson to third as the tying run. Robinson came in on a base hit by Aaron Winter but the Raiders held up Abrams at second.

That brought Jacob Erickson to the plate with two hits already to his credit. Still, the junior knew with a force out at any base the game could well be riding on his shoulders.

“I had some butterflies,” Erickson said with a smile after the game. “I was looking for a fastball to drive but he gave me a curve ball and I just got out in front and poked it.”

That poke went by the glove of Rio Americano’s diving shortstop and rolled into left field giving Abrams enough time to reach the plate. When he scored, the Wildcats’ players and fans erupted for joy.

Josh Little started on the mound for Whitney. The left-handed junior grudgingly gave up six hits and three runs allowing his offense to keep pace. He also fanned four Raiders.

Chris Schwarz came on in relief in the sixth inning and retired the side after surrendering one hit. The Raiders caught up to him for a run in the seventh and loaded the bases. But the senior again shut down the visitors to set the stage for his club’s dramatics.

“We competed the entire seven innings and we were fortunate enough to come out on top today but a lot of that boiled down to everybody pulling for each other,” Whitney head coach Rob Dorchak said of his team’s effort. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. This is a very special group of kids.”

Abrams also had a triple in the contest along with two runs batted in and Erickson had a double to go with his two base hits. Also getting hits were P.J. Floyd, Robinson and Austin Harris.

CAL – Whitney 11-1, Antelope 9-3, Rio Americano 6-6, El Camino 5-7, Cordova 4-8, Mira Loma 1-11.

Schedule – Cordova May 3; closes out league campaign May 6 at Cordova with Sac-Joaqin Section Playoffs scheduled to begin May 13.