Wildcats baseball fight but lose battles in doubleheader


Wildcats turn a double play to get out of the fourth inning. Photo credit: Brandon Downs

Brandon Downs

Game one:

Game one of Sunday’s baseball doubleheader was a back-and-forth rally full of action; with a total of 25 runs between Chico State and Stanislaus State.

The Stanislaus State Warriors stepped into the box and immediately started hitting and scoring.

The Warriors rallied early against Wildcats starting pitcher Grant Larson, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Wildcats responded with four of their own runs in the bottom half of the first inning.

In the second inning the Warriors right fielder, Grant Bunker, hit a three-run home run. A four-run second inning for the Warriors had the Wildcats trailing 7-4.

The Wildcats responded again in the third inning when Wildcats right fielder, Eddie Zavala, hit a three-run home run giving Chico State a 7-9 lead.

Chico State added two more runs by the end of the fifth inning before their bats went quiet for the rest of the day.

Wildcats get a run off a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Hernadez in the fifth inning. Photo credit: Brandon Downs

The Warriors put together a rally in the sixth inning scoring six runs, enough to lead the Warriors to a 14-11 victory over the Wildcats in game one.

Game two:

Game two was a pitching duel all the way until the ninth inning. That’s when the Warriors broke through with two runs in the final frame off a sacrifice fly and a missed pop-fly in the infield.

Wildcats starting pitcher, William Curless, gave the Wildcats a great chance to win the game by pitching six scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing four hits.

“I kinda just got some feedback from my pitching coach and just kind of did what I needed to do,” Curless said. “Just really keeping the fastball down, it’s big for me, and then just dropping in off-speed.”

Curless got the no-decision in this game but looks to keep it simple, and looks to keep attacking the zone in his next outing.

Game two was the opposite of game one, with both teams having strong pitching and little hitting.

“The day was a tale of not pitching the first game, not hitting the second game,” head coach Dave Taylor said.

It’s about figuring out the right combination of guys, coach Taylor said. The team has the right guys and is looking forward to some good weather in order to practice and get better.

The Wildcats travel to the San Francisco State where they four-game series starting Friday, Feb. 22.

Brandon Downs can be reached at [email protected] or @downsbrandon2 on Twitter.