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Warriors sweep division-opening doubleheader

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

One error, a three-hit shutout, a 12-run uprising and a seven-RBI performance were more than enough to carry the Whittell High Warriors to a doubleheader sweep of Lovelock on Saturday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Travis Purdy pitched a three-hit shutout and Tyler Corey belted a grand slam and knocked in seven runs as Whittell won their Northern Nevada 2A baseball opener 17-0. The Warriors completed the sweep 11-4 behind the six-hit pitching of Chris Shapiro and two-run hits by Corey and Tommy Esquivel.

“We didn’t dominate, but we fielded the ball well,” said WHS manager Don Amaral. “Chris Pavich played a good game at third base all day as did our shortstops Shapiro in game one and (Ian) Jacobsen in game two.”

Purdy needed only 51 pitches to earn the victory in game one. He struck out four and walked two in five innings.

The Warriors sent 17 batters to plate in the first inning. Travis Purdy started the big inning with a two-run double. After Jacobsen and Corey hit doubles, Pavich slammed a two-run triple. Before the rally ended, Corey crushed a two-run triple.

In the second inning, Corey blasted a 470-foot shot over the center-field fence for his first homer.

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“There was nothing cheap there,” Amaral said.

Shapiro earned the victory in game two, allowing three earned runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked three.

Jacobsen surrendered only one hit in two innings of relief.

Joey Bye led Whittell with three hits.

Whittell (8-1) will make up a game with Coleville at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lampe Park.

“This team could be very good at the end of the year,” Amaral said. “We’ll find out what we’re made of this week and next week when we play North Tahoe, Dayton and Battle Mountain.”

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