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Brewer, Besson’s bats lead Warriors to wins

It was a good weekend to be a Warrior at Battle Mountain.

The Whittell softball team went 2-1 at a Battle Mountain crossover tournament Friday and Saturday. The Warriors picked up a 4-0 win against Battle Mountain before dropping a 0-2 game to White Pine and ending with a 16-8 win over West Wendover.

"The team overall is doing very well, and I expect that the Lady Warriors will continue to improve and be a strong contender for league and zone finals," coach Dave Galicia said in an email.

Whittell 4, Battle Mountain 0

The Warriors shut out the tournament host 4–0 in the first game Friday.

Amanda Harris pitched a complete game, facing 21 batters. She held Battle Mountain to three hits, struck out three and gave up one walk.

Senior Brianna Brewer dominated at the plate for the Warriors, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs. She clocked one RBI double and then blasted a fence-clearing, two-run homer. Seniors Sarah Tencher (2-for-2) and Emily Harris (1-for-2) also helped out at the plate.

Whittell 0, White Pine 2

Whittell squared off against Division III powerhouse White Pine in the second game. It quickly turned into the game to watch.

Whittell's Amanda Harris and White Pine's pitcher Bailey Moore faced off in a classic pitching duel. Both pitchers held the opposing team scoreless through four innings.

In the top of the fifth, the White Pine Cats were able to bring a run across the plate with two outs and manage another run during a controversial play at third base.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors didn't generate any offense.

Once again, Amanda Harris had an outstanding pitching performance, scattering three hits, striking out four batters and giving up one walk.

Whittell 16, West Wendover 8

On Saturday, the Warriors' power at the plate proved to be too much for West Wendover.

Whittell jumped out with a six-run first inning and held Wendover scoreless through two innings. West Wendover tried to mount a comeback in the third and fourth innings, but was greeted with a three-run third inning and a six-run fifth inning from the Warriors.

Katie Besson led the way, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a fence-clearing monstrous, two-run home run. Nicki Simon, Emily Harris and Gianna Miller added to the Warriors' offense. All went 2-for-3 at the plate.

UP NEXT: Whittell will head to Southern California for a spring break tournament in Covina, Calif., Monday through Thursday. Whittell's next league games are April 6 at Sparks High School.