Whitney stays perfect on season with Casa Roble win

‘Cats end game in sixth
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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With an 11-1 win over visiting Casa Roble Saturday afternoon, the Whitney varsity baseball team kept their record untainted as the team improved to 4-0 on the season.

The all-around win began with Chris Schwarz on the mound to start the game for the Wildcats. The sidearm pitcher established control early, collecting every out of the first inning via strikeout.

Schwarz proved to be especially tough in the clutch. With runners in scoring position, the Rams were 0-for-5 in such opportunities.

In four innings of work, Schwarz allowed five hits, no base on balls, no earned runs and struck out five.

Aaron Winter and Diego Susbilla came on in relief in the final two innings. Despite enjoying a large lead, the duo maintained what Schwarz had started, holding Casa Roble to one earned run.

“I thought our pitchers did a great job,” said Whitney head coach Rob Dorchak. “They came out and pitched like it was a 1-0 ball game.”

Whitney’s pitching was well supported by an explosive offense. The Wildcats’ offense has scored double-digit points in three of its games this year.

PJ Floyd started the game off with a lead-off single. Two batters later, Trevor Abrams tripled in both Floyd and JR Robinson for a quick 2-0 lead.

By the time the first inning was over, the ‘Cats enjoyed a 4-0 lead.

Jacob Erickson proved to be the hottest hitter of the afternoon going 3-for-4 with a run scored and four RBIs. Erickson put the final stamp on his exceptional afternoon by driving in Robinson on a bases-loaded single to apply the 10-run rule in the sixth inning.

Floyd, Robinson, and Abrams each scored a pair of runs. By drawing two base on balls and collecting a single, Aaron Winter managed to score three runs.

Though Dorchak praised the team’s 4-0 start, the head coach was quick to stress the importance of playing later in the year.

“This is a great group of kids, it’ll be fun to see how this season continues,” said Dorchak. “Four games in doesn’t really matter, it’s where we’re going to be at the end of the season that does.”