Just four days after a very successful basketball season ended, the Wildcats got the baseball season under way, defeating Laytonville 9-3 at Ferndale on Wednesday.
Paden Prior pitched the opening three innings for the win, with senior Landon Gomes closing out the game.
“It was good to get out there and get a game in and play,” head coach Justin Andersen said.
Gomes also had a big game at the plate, picking up just where he left off a year ago and finishing 4-for-4 with three runs scored.
Newcomer Coltin Stil, who transferred from Trinity, also got the new season off to a flying start, finishing 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Garrett Christiansen also had a big day, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, with just two practices under his belt after basketball.
This year’s Ferndale team is young, with just three seniors, Gomes, Stil and Nico Alejandre.
“I like the way they’re eager to learn and eager to get better,” Andersen said. “But we’re super young.”
The Wildcats are scheduled to play Round Valley on Saturday, but the game looks likely to be postponed due to the weather.
After that, it looks as if the Cats won’t play again until March 21 in a league-opening doubleheader against South Fork.