Wildcats fall half game back in 4-4 tie with Cordova

Late Whitney score averts loss
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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The Whitney High baseball team appeared they would remain tied at the top of the Capital Athletic League standings but came up one run short of victory over Cordova Thursday. Trailing 4-3 going into the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Wildcats manufactured a run to catch the Lancers. Whitney lead-off batter Josh Robinson reached first on a single and was moved to third on successive sacrifice efforts by Sam Dardick and Trevor Abrams. Then a clutch, two-out hit by Anthony Caretti brought Robinson home for the tying run. The ?Cats took an early one-run lead in the second inning when Brandon Billings drove in Drew Perez. Perez had worked his way around to third on a steal and a Cordova error. The Lancers then caught up to Whitney starter Josh Little and put together four runs over innings four and five. Head coach Rob Dorchak then brought in reliever Jackson Watt who ended the rally. The Wildcats narrowed the gap to 3-4 when Robinson doubled in Billings who was hit by a pitch. Dardick then reached first on a bunt that scored Robinson and the ?Cats loaded the bases on two more bunts by Abrams and Caretti. The Lancers ended the threat by tagging out Dardick on a squeeze play at the plate and striking out the next two batters. After Whitney tied the game in the seventh, the two teams went scoreless in innings eight and nine, which ended the contest. Whitney turned in a defensive gem in the fourth when catcher J.J. Buschmann feigned a throw to second with a Cordova runner on third. Buschmann then fired to shortstop Abrams who came right back to Buschmann when the runner at third broke for home. Buschmann tagged the runner for an easy out. The top three teams in league move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. If the Wildcats split their remaining two, regular season games with Antelope they are in. Rio Americano closes out its regular season with two games against El Camino. Cordova 4, Whitney 4 R H E Lancers 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 ? 4 11 2 Wildcats 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 ? 4 11 1 Capital Athletic League Standings Team W L T Pct GB Antelope 9 4 0 .692 - El Camino 9 4 0 .692 - Whitney 8 4 1 .654 ½ R Americano 7 6 0 .583 2