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Warriors clinch second seed

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Whittell High closed out the regular season with strong pitching efforts in a Northern Nevada 2A baseball doubleheader Saturday in Hawthorne.

Travis Purdy pitched a five-hitter and struck out six in the Warriors’ 8-4 victory in game one. In game two, Tyson Frederick fired a two-hitter and fanned seven over six innings, but the Serpents used an unearned run in the seventh to win 3-2.

The split enabled Whittell (8-4) to clinch second place in the final division standings. Incline also finished with an 8-4 record, but Whittell won the tiebreaker by virtue of beating the Highlanders twice.

As a result, Whittell will open the eight-team division tournament against West Wendover at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Battle Mountain.

“I like my bracket,” said Whittell manager Don Amaral, who is taking the Warriors to their fourth straight zone tournament.

White Pine and Hawthorne are also in the Warriors’ half of the bracket.

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Whittell had 13 hits in the opener, including two by Ian Jaobsen, Jake Summers, Klye Olsen, Chris Pavich and Joey Byne.

Tyler Corey led the Warriors’ six-hit attack with a two-run homer in game two.