Ukiah baseball extends record to 4-0 – The Ukiah Daily Journal

The Ukiah Wildcats Varsity baseball team started the season winning the first two games by defeating Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, two home nonleague games. On Friday, the Wildcats faced two opponents, one was Piner High and the other was the weather. The game started at 7 p.m. The sky was somewhat cloudy with a few drops that turned into a downpour. The match continued with Ukiah scoring five points in the first. Lead off batter Caleb Ford singled to start the bottom of the first inning. Ethan Rinehart followed with a beautiful bunt single advancing Ford to third place. Austin Ford then doubled Caleb Ford and Ethan Rinehart to take a 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats continued to tack on some sacrifice steals from Jace Pullins and Hunter Schnitzuis, giving Ukiah a 4-0 lead early in the first. The rain eventually eased but the Ukiah attack never stopped. Ukiah added one more in the third on a line driven through the center by Trenton Ford driving Kaiden Berry.

Piner made a push scoring a single run in the second and four runs in the fourth inning to close the game. Ukiah thought it was a little too tight for their comfort, so they added two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Kessler Koch led the fifth on being hit by the pitch as a pinch hitter for Pullins. Koch stole second and Griffin Johnson was also hit by a pitch. Trevor Schlafer sacrificed runners and Koch scored. Johnson later scores on a wild pitch. The Wildcats scored two more in the sixth and excellent shots from Kaiden Berry, Griffin Johnson and Luke Schat limited the Piner Prospectors to just five points and won 10-5 to take their season record to 3-0.

Ukiah faced Las Lomas the following night on another cold but dry Saturday night at home. The throw was excellent for both teams early on. Las Lomas broke through first with a single run against Wildcat starting pitcher Austin Ford in the third inning. Ukiah tied it at fifth. Koch doubled to start the inning. Schlafer sacrificed him to second on a bunt. Schnitzius followed with a sacrifice tackle to Koch.

Las Lomas scored two more goals in the six to take a 3-1 lead, giving the Wildcats two more chances to tie or take the lead. That’s what they did. The end of round six began with a march to Trenton Ford. Ford then steals second and scores on a Caleb Ford single. The hits and runs continued with a single from Rinehart, a double from Austin Ford, an intentional walk to Holbrook and a two-run double from Koch scoring Rinehart and Austin Ford. Ukiah netted four points to complete the comeback and defeat Las Lomas to retain the unbeaten record at 4-0. Next up for Ukiah is Friday, March 11 at home against Eureka at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. against the same Eureka and then a second game Saturday night against West County at 7 p.m.