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Warriors drop first four games of season

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Whittell High School softball team started off its season by dropping four games at a weekend tournament in Oroville, Calif., but to some of the toughest competition the team is likely to face all year.

“We knew going into it that we would see some good competition and we did,” said Warriors’ coach Lindsay Wines. “We didn’t fare as well as I’d hoped and we had some frustrating innings. The good thing is we went down there and we saw realistically what we need to work on. We know from here on out what we need to do to accomplish our goals.”

The 24-team tournament was made up of large schools mostly from the Sacramento area and Central Valley.

The Warriors’ four losses came at the hands of tournament champ Granite Bay, as well as Fallon, Yuba City and Central Valley High School.

“Fallon was probably the smallest school we played,” Wines said. “After being tied with them, we gave up 12 runs in one inning and then the game was called because of darkness.”

Wines said there were some standouts, particularly Whitney Gielow and Anna Kingman, who did “an outstanding job for us.

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“Ashley (Wines) pitched three games and walked a total of five batters,” she added.

“I think overall it was a really good learning experience. Exposure and the learning experience were the main reasons for going down there,” she said. “We discovered that we need to be more aggressive in the outfield and not let a lot of balls land.”

The Warriors play at Virginia City on Tuesday, beginning at 3 p.m.