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Heat wrap up home-stand knowing defense must improve….

After dropping two of three against the Portland Pickles this week the Chico Heat (2-4) learned the hard way that DEFENSE MATTERS. Chico committed 11 errors in the three game series against the Pickles hamstringing their chances at taking the three game set.

The short-handed Heat pitching staff had some good moments, but there were also other instances of fatigue. This was to be expected as Chico awaits reinforcements from some Division I schools that are wrapping up their seasons and taking finals. While Chico would have liked to win a few more games, there was a realization that this team will get much stronger in the next few weeks.

Expect some of the new faces to be in the line-up this weekend as Chico takes on the Sacramento Stealth. The Stealth are the traveling road show in the Great West League as their stadium plans were delayed and so they will be playing all 45 of their games this season on the road. They have had four days off after a season opening series loss against the Lodi Crushers last weekend.

HEAT NOTES: Chico’s Keaton Kringlen was named a Freshman All-American this week. Kringlen took over in right field for BYU after an injury and made the most of his opportunity hitting .369 with 5 HR’s and 34 rbi. Kringlen has had a great start to his 2016 Heat season banging out 7 hits in four games. Heat catcher Clayton Hubbard leads the GWL in RBI’s with 12. The junior red-shirt from Cal-State Northridge is a key piece for Chico in the middle of their order. Outfielders Jerome Hill  (Dixie State) and Josh Falco (Chico State) are nursing injuries and their status for tonight’s game against Sacramento will be a game time decision.

First pitch 7:05pm with our pre-game at 6:45pm

Heat host Pickles as home-stand continues…..

The Chico Heat continue their season opening home stand tonight against the Portland Pickles at Nettleton Stadium.

If the Chico Heat could erase the 1st innings of both Friday and Sunday’s games they would feel a lot better about the weekend. The Marysville Gold Sox scored 13 runs on 9 hits combined in the Friday and Sunday contests. When you throw in the four errors, three walks and three hit batsmen in those torturous first innings and you can see why Manager Fred Ludwig will be looking for a big bounce back performance from Chico State product Stuart Bradley on Monday night.

Bradley was a vital piece out of the Chico State Wildcats bullpen this year but will be making his second start for the Heat against the Pickles tonight.

Portland dropped two of three against the Medford Rogues over the weekend. The series was competitive with the Pickles holding a late lead in Sunday’s rubber game before falling 8-3 on Sunday.

The Heat have six more games on the home stand including tonight’s lid lifter against the Pickles. Chico will host Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting the Sacramento Stealth for a weekend series starting on Friday.

HEAT NOTES: 

-Lead off hitter and Dixie State product Jerome Hill has scored four runs and stolen three bases for the Heat.

– Cal State Northridge red-shirt junior Clayton Hubbard leads the league in RBI’s with 9. Hubbard drove in six in Saturday’s 10-1 win over the Gold Sox.

-The Heat are waiting for some of their Division I reinforcements. Many of their players are still participating in the D-I NCAA Regional tournaments including players from New Mexico, Washington and Arizona

Get to know your 2016 Chico Heat !!!

We are two days away from the inaugural season of Great West League and the 2016 Chico Heat season. With every new team the fans need a cheat sheet and we have attempted to provide one for the loyal Heat fans. Remember these are college baseball players that still have eligibility at their respective schools. The GWL is a summer wood bat league that helps these players develop and showcase their skills for scouts……Here are your 2016 Chico Heat

Keaton Kringlen- FR BYU University. Kringlen was just named the WCC Freshman of the year after hitting .369 with 5 HR and 34 RBI. Kringlen scored 32 runs and had an OBP of .442.

Josh Goldberg- SO San Jose State. Goldberg had a 4-1 record out of the bullpen for the Spartans. Goldberg struck out 18 in 33 innings pitched and also picked up a couple of saves.

Web Charles- FR Youngstown State. Charles headed to Youngstown after playing high school ball at Bishop Minogue High School in Reno. Charles is a shortstop who got 16 starts for the Penguins. He drove in three runs and had a couple of doubles for Youngstown

Stuart Bradley- JR Chico State. Bradley was vital piece to the Wildcats bullpen. The Yuba City native went 6-2 with a 3.19 ERA. Bradley struck out 31 in 42 innings out of Chico State’s pen.

Kyle Detwiler- Hawaii Pacific. Detwiler went 6-1 with a 2.77 ERA. Detwiler pitched primarily out of the bullpen appearing in 14 games this season. Opponents only hit .226 against Detwiler this season.\

Jerome Hill II- JR Dixie State. Hill started 40 games and patrolled center field for the TrailBlazers. He hit .309 while driving in 19 runs. Hill scored 37 runs and stole 9 bases. Hill had a sparkling .991 fielding percentage in center field committing only one error all season.

Cameron Olson- SR UC Davis. Olson is an outfielder for the Aggies hitting .273 with 5 HR and 28 RBI. Olson had 23 extra base hits for Davis and also picked up 6 steals.

Josh Falco- JR Chico State. Falco was a middle of the line up hitter for the Wildcats all year. Falco hit .324 while driving in 33 runs. Falco had 11 doubles, 3 triples and an on base percentage of .410

Andrew Pratt- FR New Mexico. Pratt got 20 starts for New Mexico as a freshman. Pratt hit .325 with 4 HR, seven doubles and drove in 13. Pratt didn’t commit an error in his 29 appearances

Matt Villalobos- JR New Mexico. Villalobos has pitched out of the bullpen for New Mexico. He appeared in 10 games pitching 14 innings and striking out 7

Joe Raymond- FR Dixie State. Raymond played a reserve role for Dixie in 2016. He helped Dixie make it to the NCAA D-II regionals appearing in 4 games on the year.

Tanner Tokunaga– FR Hawaii Pacific. Tokunaga started all 50 games for HPU. He hit .343 while driving in 27 runs. Tokunaga had 11 doubles and five triples. He also drew a team high 31 walks and had an on base percentage of .447

Jake Wilk– FR Puget Sound. Wilk was a utility player for Puget Sound. He appeared in five games for the Loggers.

Daniel Schneeman– FR BYU University. Schneeman  appeared in 35 games for the Cougars. He hit .318 driving in 10 runs and scoring 20 runs. The Chula Vista native had an on base percentage of .373

Michael Starcevich– SO Indian Hills Community College (No stats available)

Colin Cicere- FR Indian Hills Community College (No stats available)

Jacob Westerman- FR New Mexico. Westerman is an outfielder for New Mexico and has appeared in 19 games. Westerman has had a couple of knocks and driven in two runs.

Johnathan Frost– SO Wayland Baptist University. Frost started 8 games for Wayland Baptist and compiled a 5-1 record with a 3.66 ERA. Opponents only hit .237 against Frost and he allowed only  59 hits in 64 innings pitched while striking out 35.

John White– JR University of Redlands. White was a key piece for Redlands out of their bullpen. White went 4-2 with a 1.67 ERA. White had 3 saves. White struck out 44 hitters in only 32.1 innings. He held opponents to a .242 batting average.

Joel Lamont-FR New Mexico Highlands. Lamont started 14 games for Highlands. He compiled a 3-6 record with a 4.60 ERA. Lamont tossed two complete games struck out 81 hitters in 76.1 innings.

Miles Bice– JR Dixie State. Bice was another key component to the TrailBlazers NCAA D-II regional run. Bice started 47 games hitting .352 driving in 28 runs and compiling a .401 on base percentage. Bice struck out ONLY six times in 165 at-bats

David Noworyta– R-FR University of Hawii. Noworyta saw limited action for Hawaii in the 2016 campaign getting three hits and driving in a run for the Bows…

Jake Nelson– R-FR New Mexico University. Nelson saw action out of the Lobos bullpen  pitching six innings and giving up only 3 earned runs.

Luke Soroko- University of Arizona (No stats)

Ryan Byrd– FR Spokane Falls Community College. Byrd appeared in 11 games and started 4 contests. In 33.1 innings pitched Byrd struck out 25. He went 1.1 with a 4.05 ERA

Clayton Hubbard– Cal State Northridge (No stats)

Brock Bell– Cal State Northridge (No stats)

Adam Davenport- FR Washington Huskies (No stats)

 

Several more players will join the Chico Heat during the 2016 season. You can catch every game on KpaySports.com and the Kpay Sports APP

Get ready Chico….the Heat are back !

 

We are now just days away from the start of the second installment of Chico Heat baseball ! Northstate baseball fans, who have been spoiled with the unprecedented success of the Chico State and Butte College along with the successes of the local high schools and the Chico Nuts now get their summer baseball fix back.

Unlike their Heat predecessors who played at Nettleton Stadium between 1997-2002, this installment of Heat ballplayers will not be professional paid players. The 2016 Heat will be playing in a summer wood bat league. The inaugural season for the Great West League will have teams in Chico, Lodi, Marysville, Sacramento, Portland and Medford. The rosters will be filled with college players from all over the country looking to showcase their skills for scouts. These will all be under-classmen who still have college eligibility. You will not see any graduating seniors on any of these teams.

I have watched from afar as these college wood bat leagues flourish in other communities and I fully expect this to do well here in Chico. Opening day is on June 3rd with a match-up in Marysville. The home opener is on June 4th at The Nett.

You can hear Heat games on 101.7 FM, the KPAY sports app that you can download for FREE in the app store and right here on KpaySports.com

Hall of Famer Pat Gillick on the BitOBaca Show……

We had a chance to talk to Hall of Famer, Butte County native and co-owner of the Chico Heat Pat Gillick today. We chat about the return of summer baseball to Chico, plus his continuing work with the Philadelphia Phillies in trying to rebuild their organization……

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*header photo courtesy of the Chico Orion*

 

Dubs and Kings both fall; Heat unveil 2016 uniforms

(AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points and the Denver Nuggets withstood a 38-point performance by Stephen Curry to hand the Golden State Warriors their third loss of the season, 112-110 on Wednesday night.

The defending NBA champion Warriors (36-3) had won seven straight since their previous defeat, 114-91 at Dallas on Dec. 30.

Harrison Barnes added 18 points and Klay Thompson had 17 for the Warriors.

Will Barton scored 21 for the Nuggets, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Warriors. Gary Harris added 18 points.

A dunk by Brandon Rush gave the Warriors a 68-64 lead, but Denver outscored Golden State 19-5 over the last 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter to take a 10-point lead into the fourth.

(AP) — Eric Gordon made six 3s and scored 24 points, Anthony Davis also had 24 and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a four-game skid by beating the Sacramento Kings 109-97 Wednesday night.

The Pelicans tied a team record by making 16 3-pointers. Gordon was 6 for 12 from long range and New Orleans was 16 for 33 overall.

New Orleans led by 15 at halftime and used a 15-0 run in the third quarter.

Norris Cole scored a season-high 18 points and Ryan Anderson hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 for the Pelicans, who had lost six of seven.

Davis (bruised back) missed the previous two games and his status was questionable earlier in the day. His importance to the Pelicans is evident in their 0-5 record without him this season. He had 10 rebounds and two steals.

DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings.

 

By Mike Baca

The Butte College Roadrunners open up Golden Valley Conference play with a 78-66 win over College of the Siskiyous. Michael Shoemaker led the way for the Roadrunners with 22 points. Butte travels to Redding on Saturday to take on the Shasta Knights.

The Chico Heat baseball team unveiled the familiar colors they will don for the upcoming 2016 season. Back is the familiar pinstriped home jersey and the navy road jersey. Added the ensemble is the camo jersey which the players will wear during special occasions, holidays and games in which the organization honors our veterans.

Fans can start purchasing their Heat jerseys in the next few weeks. The Heat open play in June of 2016.