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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

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……


*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.