Heat is on

Chico opens defense of its Golden West League title.

If the season opener is any indication, the Chico Heat will put on quite a show while defending the inaugural Golden West League baseball title. The Heat rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the Portland Pickles, 6-4, in front of 2,195 spectators at Nettleton Stadium on Tuesday, May 30.

GBL Manager of the Year Fred Ludwig returns for the Heat, whose roster includes Andrew Schantz (pictured), a pitcher who just completed his junior season for conference-champion Chico State. Jack Rotteveel—an outfielder from Schantz’s previous school, Folsom Lake College—drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

The season continues through Aug. 5. The All-Star Game will be held July 24 in Chico. Visit www.chicoheat.com for more info.