Jordan Morgan stymies Smith Valley with two-hitter |

Jordan Morgan stymies Smith Valley with two-hitter

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Dominant pitching performances are becoming the norm for the Whittell baseball team.

On Tuesday, Jordan Morgan was the latest Warrior to hurl a masterpiece, holding Smith Valley to two hits in Whittell’s 16-1 victory in Smith.

Morgan struck out 13 and threw 63 pitches in earning the five-inning victory.

“Jordan was on. He didn’t get any 3-2 counts, and he didn’t walk anybody,” said Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan.

The Warriors’ hitters were also dialed in. Whittell collected 13 hits and buried Smith Valley by sending 14 hitters to the plate during an eight-run fourth inning. Adam Laub was 3 for 3, including a triple, with four runs scored; Alex Potnick went 3 for 3, including a pair of doubles, with four RBI; Alex Vogt was 2 for 3 with three RBI; Nick Warner hit two doubles and knocked in two; and freshman Ben Beck stroked an RBI single in his first varsity at-bat.

The Warriors will host a tournament Friday and Saturday at Lampe Park. On Friday, Whittell is scheduled to play Pyramid Lake at 10:30 a.m. and Quincy at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Whittell will meet ROP at 10:30 a.m. and Yerington at 3 p.m.

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Last Saturday, it was Potnick who threw the gem. He tossed a one-hitter and struck out 10 to lead Whittell to a 4-1 upset of Sparks, a Nevada 3A school.

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On Tuesday, Smith Valley overtook the Warriors by scoring six runs in the fifth inning and six more in the sixth for a 21-11 nonleague victory in Smith.

“We didn’t hit the ball well. That was our problem,” Whittell coach Rich Barna said. “I expected it to be kind of a boat race, but we didn’t keep up with them.”

Rachel Laub led Whittell by going 2 for 3, and senior Lupe Martinez added a hit.

Whittell (2-3-1) can now focus on the five-team Warrior tournament, which begins Friday at Lampe Park. The Warriors play Yerington at 10:30 a.m. and Pyramid Lake at 3 p.m.