ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — There were no big surprises in a doubleheader between Whittell’s veterans and Truckee’s rookies.
The Whittell softball team swept the Wolverines 16-1 and 22-3 at Whittell High School on Saturday. The Warriors’ defense was sharp behind starting pitcher Amanda Harris, and the offense piled on 38 runs in eight innings.
In Game 1, Amanda was nearly unhittable. She opened the game with an 11-pitch first inning to retire the side.
“She came out and threw the simple pitches, and she did what she needed to do to get it done,” catcher Emily Harris said. “She was just throwing hard today, and they couldn’t catch up.”
Amanda struck out seven, walked one, and limited Truckee to one hit and one run in four innings of work.
Whittell’s Gianna Miller broke open the game with a leadoff single, and Brianna Brewer blasted her home. Amanda came home on an error, and the Warriors took a 2-0 lead.
The young Truckee team hung in for two innings, briefly cutting the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second.
Truckee’s sophomore pitcher Sylvia Soto contained the Warriors’ powerful lineup to another two in the second inning, but by the third inning Truckee’s defensive errors were adding up.
The Warriors added six runs in the third and another six runs in the fourth.
Kendal Ferris and Nicki Simon opened the third inning with hits, and Sarah Tencher knocked in the first RBI. Elizabeth Anderson brought Simon home with a sacrifice RBI. Jasmine Munn ripped a single.
Miller kept the rally alive with a base-clearing triple that she later stretched into a run on a past ball. Amanda added a single and Brewer sliced an RBI single.
In the fourth inning, Soto walked three of the first four batters she faced, and Whittell kept the momentum rolling. Anderson reached on an RBI single and proceeded to take second, third and home on past balls. Miller, who went 4-for-4 in Game 1, added one more single before Amanda cleared the bases with a towering two RBI triple to left. Amanda then capitalized on a bad throw home, sliding under the tag for the Warriors’ final run.
Whittell’s freshman pitcher Kelsey Kjer took the mound in the final inning.
“She came out like it was nothing and pitched like she knew how,” Emily said. “She throws slower than Amanda, but the off speed just really threw the other team off.”
The freshman struck out the side looking.
“It’s really nice to see that coming from a freshman so you know there is a future for the team,” Emily said. “With a pitcher like that you just know that they’re going to be OK.”
Game 2 looked similar to Game 1. Again Harris and Soto faced off on the mound, and again the Warriors’ bats put the pressure on Truckee’s defense.
Miller, Amanda and Brewer all got hits in the one, two and three spot. Tencher added a two RBI single to make it a 4-0 ballgame in the first inning.
The Warriors piled on seven more runs in the second inning, taking advantage of seven walks. Emily, the Warriors’ catcher, broke up the walks with a massive home run.
Truckee put up three runs in the third inning when Soto raked a three-run double.
The Truckee surge was short-lived. Whittell put up nine more runs in the fourth behind the bats of Brewer, Emily and Margaret Dean. Brewer punched a triple to left-center.
UP NEXT: Whittell played Smith Valley at home on Tuesday, and the Warriors will now travel to North Tahoe for a road game at 4 p.m. today. The game will be moved to Centennial Field in Carson City if there is too much snow on the field.