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Whitney High spring sports

Wildcats review
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Correspondent
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BASEBALL The Whitney High School varsity baseball team (3-2 second Capital Athletic League, 8-5 overall) has a big week coming up with a game today at home against Mira Loma High School (0-4 CAL, 1-7), a home game against Rio Americano High School (3-1, 8-5) and Whitney finishes the week at Rio Americano on April 19. These games could go a long way in where the Wildcats finish in the CAL this season. Junior infielder Trevor Abrams has the team’s highest batting average (.520) and is leading the team with 13 hits and nine runs batted in. Abrams and senior catcher J.J. Bushman are tied for the team’s lead in stolen bases with five. Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Josh Little has scored the most runs with nine in 2012. SOCCER The Whitney High School varsity girls soccer team (1-1-1, 6-5-3) has three games coming up next week. The Wildcats host Antelope (2-0-2, 12-2-2) today, travel to Mira Loma (0-4-0, 1-6-0) and return home on April 19 to take on Rio Americano (3-0-1, 6-0-4). Whitney should earn at least one victory but the Wildcats are really going to have to work hard to win all three games. Senior midfielder Mariah Fairbanks leads Whitney in points (10) and goals scored (four). Sophomore Aliyah Utush has been passing the ball around nice. She leads the team with three assists. Junior goalkeeper Molly McConnell has to have a good week if the Wildcats are going to win. McConnell has 92 saves, given up 10 goals and has eight shutouts. Whitney has a tough schedule ahead, but if the Wildcats can win a game or two then the team’s confidence could skyrocket. SOFTBALL The Whitney High School varsity softball team (1-0, 8-8) had a rough go of it at the Livermore Stampede last week. The Wildcats lost to Vacaville 4-3, defeated Granada High School 5-4, fell to Alhambra 4-3 and Cosumnes Oaks 5-3 and lost to California High School 6-0. Whitney will look to rebound as CAL-play started on Wednesday. The Wildcats’ schedule next week includes games against Cordova (0-1, 4-4) today, at Rio Americano (1-1, 4-12) on Monday and the Wildcats host Antelope (1-0, 8-4) on Wednesday, April 18. Senior catcher Darian Harris has the team’s highest batting average (.438). Harris is tied with junior Mallory Andrada and first-baseman Kaylin Mallery with 14 runs batted in to lead the team. Junior catcher Shelby Taylor leads Whitney with 22 hits and Andrada has scored 15 runs this season. Harris has also been impressive running the bases. She has seven stolen bags in 2012. Junior Taylor Cotton has been the workhorse of the pitching staff so far. In 64 1/3 innings of work, Cotton has recorded 55 strikeouts, 18 walks and has a 3.37 ERA. Junior Megan Mello has also pitched well. Mello has a low 1.95 ERA, she has walked just four batters and has 37 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings of work. TRACK AND FIELD The Whitney High School varsity track and field team competed in the Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, Calif. on April 7. The results were not yet available.