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Wildcats defeat Cordova 2-1 to lead CAL

Whitney tied with El Camino
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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After losing to a powerful Division I Napa Indians (10-1 Monticello Empire, 18-3 overall) team, 12-7, in a non-conference makeup game last Saturday, the Whitney High baseball club came back to slip by Cordova, 2-1, Tuesday. The win improved the Wildcats to 8-4 in the Capital Athletic League and moved them into a first-place tie with El Camino. The maroon-and-gold will host the Lancers on Thursday and then close out the regular season with two games against Antelope. ?It?s kind of anybody?s league right now,? said Whitney head coach Rob Dorchak following the Napa game. ?If we can step up we?re in a good spot but it?s going to depend on how we work the next week and a half.? Dorchak said Whitney?s pitching was solid but the club would have to stop giving away big innings to the opposition. The Indians rallied for four runs in the fifth inning and added another five in the top half of the seventh. ?I would definitely say we need to squash the big inning by the other team; if we can do that I think we will be in pretty good shape,? Dorchak said. ?We?re in good shape if we finish strong.? Turning back the Lancers in the bottom half of the seventh inning was a good sign the Wildcats are getting the message. Dorchak said the club has a non-conference game at Bear River before taking on Antelope. The Titans (7-4, 14-6-1) were scheduled to play Rio Americano Tuesday. They were tied for second with the Raiders going into the contest. Whitney 2, Cordova 1 R H E Wildcats 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ? 2 3 4 Lancers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ? 1 5 3