Local teams have mixed results at tourney
When Whittell hit the road for Rite of Passage this weekend, the bus must have felt a little light. The Warriors traveled with just enough players to man each position, and still managed to return home with a 3-1 record in their debut under new coach Jessie Zuber.
The 90-minute tournament format games don’t count in league standings, but provided according to Zuber was a “good learning experience for our guys this weekend.”
“Overall I was very surprised, very proud and very pleased,” said Zuber, himself a recent pitcher in the Phillies organization.
Freshman Jake Sharp threw the first pitch of the Warrior’s season in their 6-4 win over R.O.P. He was steady for three innings before giving way to Robbie Poet, who finished with two strong innings to hold the Rams at bay.
Marshall Neil, who hadn’t played baseball since 4th grade, lashed an RBI single in his first at bat and the Warriors took charge with offensive help from Oliver Curiel, Matt Elliott and speedy newcomer Siriamma Williams.
The Warriors won big in Game 2, but it was the Big Pine’s Warriors, who share the same mascot. Whittell got what Coach Zuber called a “reality check,” surrendering a double-digit lead in the first inning to the big green & gold squad who never looked back en route to a 11-1 win.
Lefty Cody Gibson led the way as the red and gold bounced back Saturday morning with a 6-2 win over Eureka. The junior hurler fanned seven Vandals in his four-inning complete game, while the Warriors wreaked havoc on the base paths to provide the scoring. Elliott’s RBI double highlighted the offensive fireworks.
“Matty the Masterful” would have been a fitting title for the weekend’s finale, as Whittell beat Virginia City 5-0. Elliott took command on the hill and faced the minimum over four innings, ceding only one hit while whiffing 11. The lone Mucker base runner was erased trying to steal.
At the plate, the Warriors came alive with a three-run, first-inning outburst. Curiel, Avery Laub and Hunter Morgan delivered hits in the balanced attack, which would have yielded even more if not for multiple defensive gems by Virginia City’s wide-ranging center fielder.
“We came into the weekend with an underdog mentality and nothing to lose,” Coach Zuber said, who is assisted by former Carson High and Nevada Bighorns star, Royal Good.
Next up for the Warriors is a trip to Fernley on Thursday for a game with the Fernley Vaqueros, then the home opener Saturday at Lampe Park against the South Tahoe Vikings.
At the Yerington Tournament the Warrior’s went undefeated. The girls were able to shake off the rust during there first game against Big Pine and enjoyed there first win of the season with the final score of 13-0.
In the second game Whittell cruised to a 13-1 victory over Hawthorne. Saturday morning the girls squared off against there league rivals Silver Stage and set the tone for the season with a 10-0 win. In the final game we came away with a 3-0 win over Tonopah.
The Vikings started the tourney with a 1-0 loss to 3A crossover opponent Fernley. Bobby Oaks went 1-2, as did Derek Clelan. Colton Marchesseault pitched three innings, giving up one run on two hits. He recorded five strikeouts.
Things weren’t much better against Bishop, who beat the Vikings 11-5. Liam Loftis was 1-2 with a run scored, while Skylar Sheldon was 1-1, with a run. Freshman Colby Eymann recorded his first career hit, going 1-2.
“We were down 11-0, but didn’t quit and continued to work hard and create some opportunities,” head coach Starbuck Teevan said.
The Vikings lost 8-6 against Dayton. Rylan Tepper went 1-3, as did Clelan, who also scored an RBI.
“Sheldon started pitching, threw well, but errors hurt us. (Dominic) Diana came in relief and did a great job,” Teevan said. “Again down 8-1 we fought back and made a game of it late. Games were only five innings so who knows what would happen if we played seven innings.”
In their 4-0 loss to Battle Mountain, Sheldon had the only hit of the game.
“Errors and mental mistakes hurt us,” Teevan said. “Not making the necessary adjustments at the plate and not scoring runs are our biggest areas needing improvement.”
The Lady Vikings only win came against Spring Creak, in which Hannah Neiger was the winning pitcher of the 12-9 game. Kaila Griffis was 2-4 with a run scored, and Bailey David was 3-4 with an run. Emily Gardner scored two runs, as did Brittany Harper.
They lost 11-5 to North Valley, in which Griffis continued to produce at the plate. The sophomore was 2-2 with a run scored. Yerington got the best of South Tahoe, winning 5-3, as did Bishop winning 4-1.
Robert Poet contributed to this report.