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Whittell softball team gets back-to-back, high-scoring wins

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Whittell softball team is definitely on a role.

After picking up a high-scoring win over Virginia City on Tuesday by a score of 19-12, the Warriors returned to Lampe Park in Gardnerville for a Saturday double-header versus Lovelock, where they picked up wins of 15-3 and 14-12 against last year’s Northern Nevada 2A league champ. Whittell had only one error in the first game.

“We had a great day,” said Warriors head coach Lindsay Wines. “That first game was about as good as I could have hoped for.”

In the Virginia City game, the Warriors led 13-0 in the third inning. In Saturday’s game one, Whittell finally got its offense and defense on the same page.

“The kids played very well and I was really pleased with them,” Wines said. “Lovelock got up in the top of the first with a runner on third base, and they weren’t able to score on us. That was a big thing for us to do, to shut them down.”

Whittell led 7-0 in the second inning behind solid offense. Sara Piccola was 4-4, Anna Kingman 3-4 and Kaitlin Willins was 2-3 with a home run. Overall, Kingman was the day’s offensive star, batting 7-9 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

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“We changed our batting order a little bit and now we have Whitney Gielow in the lead-off position,” Wines said. “For the day, Whitney was 7-9 as the lead-off batter and you can’t ask for more than that. She did great job for us.”

The Warriors were stung by a couple of errors in the second game before pulling it out in the end.

“What really hurt us was eight errors,” Wines said. “We had a couple of mental lapses in that game.”

Gielow was 5-5 at bat, Kingman went 4-4 with one home run, Piccola was 2-3 and Jessica Rickman went 4-5.

Ashley Wines pitched both games for the Warriors. Overall, she recorded 13 strikeouts and five walks.

“The first batter of the second game, Ashley took a line drive off her knee,” she said. “She only took one at-bat all day because she pulled something in her quadriceps which has been bothering her all week. She had the bad quad, got hit in the knee and still finished the game. I thought that was pretty cool.

“Defensively, throughout the day our outfield did a great job,” she added. “Rickman was phenomenal in center field, and she made some really nice plays.

“To come out and play like a team as well as we did, it was amazing. The way we’re hitting the ball, I think it will be a fun season. It’s nice to see.”

Whittell’s record is now 2-0 in league and 4-4 overall. The Warriors play next at Smith Valley on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m.

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