Whitney ends season with a 5-3 victory
The Whitney High baseball team did not have a season good enough to make the section playoffs, but the future brightened considerably in last weeks’ season finale against visiting Lincoln.
The Fighting Zebras came in as four-time Pioneer Valley League champions and were on a 19-game win streak. But a young Wildcats’ squad paid no attention to past records and handed Lincoln a 5-3 setback.
“We did a great job of playing small ball today,” said Whitney first-year head coach Jackson Watt. “Our guys really wanted it too. It was awesome to see our younger guys step up and play at this level.”
Lincoln took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but in the top of the second inning The Wildcats took over the plate.
Junior Chad Leonard led off with a single and junior varsity transfer Ryan Vigo beat out a well-executed bunt. Gage Eastwick scored Leonard with a base hit and junior Christian Pestori drew a base on balls.
Junior JJ Coates drove in Vigo and Hunter Rose brought home Eastwick with the winning run.
Lincoln loaded the bases a couple times and picked up a run in the top of the fifth. But the Wildcats came back to score in the bottom of the sixth when the JV’s Anthony Baglitto came home to put a stamp on the win.
Pitching for Whitney were Eastwick, Ryan King (JV), John Weaver (JV), Vigo and closer Michael Hamp.
“I think we’re going to be pretty deep in pitching going forward to next year,” Watt said. “We filled up the strike zone today and we’ve got a lot of guys that can do that so I’m excited to see the battle for starting pitcher next year.”
The ‘Cats will move to the Sierra Foothill League next season.