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March 17, 2012

WNCC baseball falls twice in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Western Nebraska Community College baseball dropped two contests in the South Mountain tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday.

In the opener, Chandler-Gilbert Community Scratched across a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a hard-fought 4-3 win. The second game saw South Mountain Community College pound out xx hits in registering the 10-2 win.

WNCC coach Mike Jones said the first game was well played all the way around despite falling on the scoreboard.

"We played really well. Terry McNabb threw an outstanding game and all the way throughout the game, we played good defense, had solid pitching," he said. "Offensively we came up with some really big hits. Our at bats all the way through the game were good at bats, even though they caught it or whatever, we hit the ball hard and was disciplined at the plate. We really made progress."

The first game was a humdinger as both teams kept the pressure on the defenses. Chandler-Gilbert scored the first run in the third inning only to see the Cougars knot the contest in the fourth with as Jake Vore tripled and scored on a Oscar Familia grounder to shortstop.

Chandler-Gilbert retook the lead with two runs in the sixth inning. WNCC came back with some late-game heroics, scoring twice in the eighth with two outs. Vore singled in Pep Gonzalez to cut the lead to 3-2 and then Keaton Krause singled to score Nick Vanthillo to tie the game. WNCC had an opportunity to score more runs that inning, but left runners in scoring position.

Chandler-Gilbert then scored the winning run on an error with two outs to get the win.

WNCC pounded out 10 hits in the contest. Krause led the way with a 3-for-4 game with a RBI, while Andy Padron and Jake Vore each had two hits. Padron and Krause had the only extra base hits with doubles.

Terry McNabb started the game and pitched seven strong innings in giving up three runs, nine hits and striking out five. Brett McPhail took the loss, tossing the final two innings in giving up one run, one hit, walking three and striking out 1.

In the second contest, South Mountain scored five first-inning runs and coasted to the 10-2 win. South Mountain held a 7-0 lead after two innings. WNCC made a fight in the fourth, scoring twice on Vore's 2-run home run to rightfield.

That was all of WNCC's run-support as South Mountain scored three more times in the sixth for the 10-2 win.

Chalis Wright was saddled with the loss in giving up seven runs on seven hits in just one inning of work. Zak Porter then tossed five innings in allowing three runs on five hits and one strikeout. Chris Nadon also saw action in throwing two innings and allowing three hits.

The Cougars managed seven hits in the 9-inning contest. Tre Meier led the way with a 2-for-3 game, including a double. Vore had the other extra base hit for the Cougars with the home run.

WNCC will continue it's Spring Break play Thursday with two more games. They will face Division II, No. 5 Scottsdale Community College at 11 a.m. and then Division I, No. 19 Yavapai College at 3 p.m.

Jones said Jeff Schmitt will start the first contest and Trevor Kriesel the second game.

"Both of Thursday's opponents are winning games. From talking to coaches today, we know a little bit about both teams," Jones said. "They are going to be strong offensive ball clubs, have good pitching, and play pretty good defense. We will play our game and we will have our hands full."


Game One

WNCC 000 100 020 -- 3 10 2

Chandler-Gilbert 001 002 001 -- 4 10 1

LP -- Brett McPhail; 2B -- Keaton Krause, Andy Padron.


Game Two

WNCC 000 200 000 -- 2 7 4

South Mountain 520 003 00 x -- 10 15 0

LP -- Chalis Wright; 2B - Tre Meier; HR -- Jake Vore.

WNCC baseball falls twice in Arizona on day two

 PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Western Nebraska Community College dropped two contests to ranked teams on Thursday during the South Mountain tournament.

The Cougars fell in a pitcher's duel to Division II Scottsdale Community College before falling to Division (, No. 19 Yavapai College 11-1.

In the opener, Jeff Schmitt threw an outstanding contest, allowing three hits, but the Cougar bats provided little run support in dropping the 9-inning contest.

Schmitt went seven innings in allowing one run, and scattering three hits in suffering the loss. The lone run came in the seventh on two hits, including a lead-off double.

Brett McPhail tossed the last inning in facing just three batters.

WNCC had a number of opportunities to score runs in the early innings, especially the fourth when Jake Vore started things by reaching on an error followed by Oscar Familla ripping a double. On the next batter, Vore was out at home trying to score on a ground out for a double play.

In the seventh, Andy Padron ripped a 3-out triple, but was stranded at third.

WNCC out-hit Scottsdale 6-3. Familla and Max Brennen led the way with two hits each. Familla had a double in the win contest, while Padron had a triple.

Against Yavapai, WNCC was within striking distance until the sixth inning when Yavapai scored three times in the sixth and four in the seventh to end the game 11-1.

Yavapai held a 3-0 lead after three innings before WNCC scored its lone run in the fourth. Brennen, Vore and Familia had thre e straight singles with Brennen coming around to score on Familia's line drive to centerfield. WNCC later loaded the bases with just one out, but the runners were left stranded.

WNCC pounded out six hits in the contest as Brennen and Familia each had two hits. Benly Ramos had the only extra base hit with a double.

Trevor Kriesel tossed five strong innings before being relieved in the sixth by Tre Meier and Dalton Goings. Kriesel gave up seven runs on 10 hits, while striking out four. Meier tossed one inning in giving up two runs on two hits with one strikeout, while Goings gave up two runs in just one-third of an inning.

WNCC will have one game Friday in the tournament when they face Cochise College at 3 p.m.


Game One

WNCC 000 000 000 -- 0 6 2

Scottsdale 000 000 10x -- 1 3 5

LP -- Jeff Schmitt; 2B -- Oscar Familia; 3B -- Andy Padron.


Game Two

WNCC 000 100 0 -- 1 6 1

Yavapai 201 103 4 -- 11 13 0

LP -- Trevor Kriesel; 2B -- Benly Ramos.

WNCC baseball falls to Chandler-Gilbert 6-5

 PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team couldn't let a 5-1 lead stand up in dropping its final game of the South Mountain Tournament 6-5 to Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Saturday.

The Cougars finished the tournament 0-6 as they return home to face the University of Northern Colorado Club team Tuesday at Cleveland Field.

WNCC was primed to pick up its first win in the tournament, bolting out to the 5-1 lead after five innings. The Cougars scored a single run in the first as Josh Bride singled and then was lifted for courtesy runner Grant Rimington. Rimington later scored on a error by Chandler-Gilbert's shortstop.

After Chandler Gilbert answered with a run in the first, The Cougars scored two times each in the second and fifth inning. Keaton Krause and Andy Padron each singled and scored on scored each scored on a Bride single.

In the fifth, the Cougars offensive ignited with four singles by Nick Vanthillo, Jake Vore, Benly Ramos and Krause. Vore and Ramos each scored.

The Cougars could hold the lead. Chandler-Gilbert scored a single run in the sixth and then four runs in the seventh. The fourth was highlighted by run-scoring triples by Tyler Hollick and Eric Urry.

WNCC had ninth-inning rally going to tie or go ahead as Pep Gonzalez led off with a triple, but was then out at home on a fielder's choice hit by Vanthillo.

Chandler-Gilbert out hit the Cougars 14-13 with four combined triples hit in the contest. WNCC had just one by Gonzalez. WNCC had three players finish with multiple hits. Bride and Padron each went 2-for-3, while Ernesto Punales went 2-for-4 and Jake Vore went 2-for-5. Vore and Punales each had two stolen bases.

Gianfranco Bernal was saddled with the loss after throwing well for the first half of the game. Bernal went 6 1/3 innings allowing six runs on 12 hits. Brett McPhail finished off the contest, going 1 2/3 innings in giving up two hits.


WNCC (8-15) 120 020 000 -- 5 13 2

Chandler-Gilbert 100 001 40x -- 6 14 2

LP -- Gianfranco Bernal; 3B -- Pep Gonzalez.

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