Home cooking is on the menu for Whittell’s baseball nine this week. It comes just in time after the red and gold dropped both ends of a twin-bill at the Silver Stage Crossover Tourney on Saturday.
Yerington 13, Whittell 0
The Lions pounced on the Warriors for eight runs in the first inning and never looked back. The two-time defending Nevada 2-A champs scored in every inning while Bo Gardner struck out 10 in his two-hit, complete game shutout. Jake Sharp and Armando Godoy produced hits for Whittell.
Whittell 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
Yerington 8 1 2 2 x — 13
Silver Stage 3, Whittell 2
The Warriors lost a heartbreaker to the host team in the late game. It began as a lefty pitching duel with Cody Gibson squaring off against Nighthawk mounds man Branden Boone.
The Warrior faithful watched with increasing discomfort as westerly afternoon breezes morphed into nasty gusts that caused brief stoppages as hitters stepped out of the box on occasion to clear their eyes.
Whittell broke a scoreless tie in the third. Sharp legged out an infield hit and Elliott doubled him home. Robbie Poet fought off a 0-2 pitch for a single and Elliott scored, giving the Warriors a 2-0 edge.
After pitching a scoreless third, Gibson gave way to Elliott on the mound and Whittell headed to the fourth still leading 2-0.
But the Nighthawks rallied for two runs to tie the game.
In the fifth, the Warriors were set to take back the lead. With two outs and the bases empty, Elliott singled and advanced to third on two Silver Stage miscues. Then the Junior Warrior star raced for home on a passed ball. The field at Silver Stage has a huge area behind the plate, but the Nighthawk catcher knew his home field well. He scrambled for the loose ball and flipped it to Boone covering. Matty was out on a close play and the Warrior side was retired.
In the bottom of the fifth, Silver Stage kept their momentum. A leadoff walk, an error and an RBI single gave the Nighthawks their walk-off win.
Whittell’s Elliott went 3-for-3, and Poet singled twice. Gibby struck out four in his three innings of shutout work. Sharp kept his hitting streak alive at nine games. For Silver Stage, Boone went the distance for the win, striking out eight Warriors.
Whittell 0 0 2 0 0 — 2
Silver Stage 0 0 0 2 1* — 3
*None out when the winning run scored.
UP NEXT: The Warriors’ home opener Wednesday at Lampe Park. A rematch with Mineral County begins at 4:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday, a double-header versus South Tahoe is slated at Lampe. Game times are set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.