WHARTON – The Galveston College Whitecaps waited until extra innings against Wharton County Junior College to put the bat on the ball in Thursday’s opener, scoring four runs in the top of the 10th on three hits en route to the 6-3 win.
The game was tied 2-2 before Galveston’s offensive explosion.
An RBI single by Ross McWhorter put the Whitecaps ahead, and Jose Garcia was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it a 4-2 lead. A sacrifice fly by Raphael Gladu plated another run, and a ground out from Kevin Macias send home another player.
McWhorter and Garcia each finished with two RBIs, and leadoff hitter Nathan Turner went 3-for-5 and scored three runs.
Gabriel Klobosits pitched two innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits, to earn the win.
Galveston starter Guillaume Blanchette (4-2) was tabbed with a no-decision despite a strong outing, giving up two earned runs on six hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
The second game of the doubleheader was suspended in the 12th inning, tied at 1. When the game resumed Saturday, the Whitecaps exploded for seven runs in the top of the 16th inning — all with two outs — to take the 8-1 win.
After Joshua Santos-Torres struck out and Austin Baron grounded out, Turner reached base on a walk, stole second, then scored the go-ahead run on an error. Macias, who reached first base on the error, scored on a double by Jose Garcia.
The Whitecaps added five more runs on four singles and two errors.
In Saturday’s game, the Whitecaps scored nine runs in the middle three innings to beat Wharton, 9-1.
Jose Rendon pitched six shutout innings for the win. He allowed two hits and struck out three without any walks. McWhorter went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Macias went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
With the three wins, the Whitecaps improved their record to 25-13.
Adam Yanelli contributed to this story.