Baseball beatdown in Boise

Melissa Wolfhard
Jimmy Jimenez throwing a pitch. Taken in April 2019.

After having the first spring game against Idaho State canceled due to the snow, Weber State University’s men’s baseball club traveled to Boise to face off against Boise State University. The Wildcats won one of the three games they played against the Broncos.

“Heading up to Boise, I was excited to see our players compete against a higher level of competition and show what we were really made of,” Club president Nicholas Garcia said.

Weber State played two seven-inning games and won one nine-inning game 6–3. Pitcher Jaxon Hill pitched eight innings, holding Boise State to three runs. Third baseman Esteban Romero led Weber State’s offense with two RBIs and went 3–4 in the batting rotation.

In the 2021-22 season, the team had a 3–12 conference record and a 4–12 overall record. Keeping four of their players from last season, the Wildcats added nine players: outfielder Brock Holmes, outfielder Hunter Swalberg, shortstop Jackson Hoffman, pitcher Jaxon Hill, first baseman Bryson Hales and pitcher Christian Espinosa.

“Everything’s better when you’re winning,” Garcia said. “We already have a total of more wins and more success compared to last year, and it’s awesome to see the progress with this baseball team.”

Before the start of their 2023 spring season, Weber State played in a Spring Tournament in Henderson, Nevada. They competed against teams like San Diego State University, The Channel Islands and St. Mary’s University. The team finished with a 1–2 record.

“I definitely feel like we have more team chemistry this year rather than last year,” Garcia said. “We’ve had nine new players on top of our four returning players, and when you watch our chemistry, it looks like we’ve been playing together for years, but really, it’s only been a couple of months.”

Heading to Lindquist Field, the Ogden Raptors’ stadium, the Wildcats will face off against Utah State University on April 22 and 23. With field lights and a professional environment, Weber State plays most of their home games from Lindquist Field.

“It gives us some energy, especially when a larger baseball organization like that recognizes us not only as a baseball team but being Ogden’s only collegiate baseball organization,” Garcia said. “It’s more than a group of guys playing baseball.”

The Wildcats will hit the road to take on the University of Montana on April 16 and 17. The Grizzlies are currently at last place in the Northern Pacific East with a 0–6 conference record.