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PREP BASEBALL

Whitney wins big over Bear River in season opener

Wildcats end game in five innings
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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The Whitney varsity baseball team brought their big bats for the season opener Saturday, piling on the runs in a 12-2 victory over visiting Bear River.

Before the Bruins could get out of the first inning, Whitney had scored six runs on five hits and had completed a full rotation of their lineup.

The Wildcats were to eventually tally up 12 hits and draw seven base-on-balls in the runaway win.

Trevor Abrams led the Wildcats from the cleanup position, going 4-for-4 with a run scored and two runs batted in.

The senior shortstop put an exclamation point on the game driving in the final run needed to enact the 10-run deficit rule with a bases-loaded hit.

“I was seeing the ball well,” said Abrams after the game. “But I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates; the batters before me were picking up pitches and telling me what to expect.”

As a lead-off batter, PJ Floyd was exceptional at getting on base every time he came up to bat. Floyd scored the first run of the game after being issued a lead-off walk. With his second plate appearance in the same inning he drove in two runs on a double.

Floyd finished the game with a double, triple, two walks, two RBI, and two runs scored.

Aaron Winters and Walker Carpenter were a combined 4-for-4 on the afternoon, driving in three and scoring three runs.

With plenty of support on the offensive end, starting pitcher Josh Little went to work on a four-hit, four-strikeout performance.

After walking the first batter of the game, Little settled down to retire the next five batters, which included a stretch of three-consecutive strikeouts.

After the game, Whitney head coach Rob Dorchak spoke about his team’s season opener.

“We came out and swung the bats great,” said Dorchak . “That’s what high school baseball is all about, just playing catch and not beating yourself. They did a great job of that today.”

WHITNEY 12, BEAR RIVER 2

Bruins             000 02x x – 2

Wildcats         631 11x x – 12