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Warriors hit a ton on opening weekend

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

The way Whittell High hit the ball over the weekend, the Warriors may not be asked to return to the Yerington Tournament.

Whittell, the 2001 state champions, smashed eight home runs and won three of their four games by double-digit margins. Ian Jacobsen ended the four-game weekend, hitting 1.000, going 9 for 9.

“Our hitting dominated what pitching we saw. Our kids played extremely well,” said fourth-year Whittell skipper Don Amaral. “A lot of hard work in the offseason by our kids paid off.”

Consecutive home runs by Jacobsen, Travis Purdy and Chris Pavich paved the way for a 22-7 thumping of Lovelock. Purdy also homered later in the game and finished with six RBIs.

Whittell’s hitting was so torrid that Amaral ended his team’s 11-run fourth inning himself. With nobody out and the bases jammed, Amaral told the umpires that enough was enough. The game was called after the fourth inning.

“Everyone was just smashing the ball,” Amaral said. “But it’s not how you start the season, it’s how you finish.”

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Purdy and Jacobsen led the Warriors with three hits and Danny Shapiro had two.

Sophomore Chris Shapiro earned the win and reliever Daniel Wines closed out the victory.

Purdy threw a two-hit five-inning shutout in a 12-0 victory over Rite of Passage, also on Friday. Jacobsen, Purdy and Jake Summers each collected two hits. Pavich and Kyle Olsen doubled.

Whittell’s toughest tournament game came against Smith Valley on Saturday. The Warriors won 9-5 behind the pitching of Pavich and a two-run homer by Olsen. Jacobsen was 2 for 2, including a double, and scored twice. Wines picked up the save.

In their tournament finale, Whittell hammered Big Pine 19-1 Saturday, as Joey Byne crushed a grand slam among his three hits. Jacobsen went 3 for 3 and Purdy was 2 for 2. Pavich’s only hit was his third homer in four games.

Jacobsen pitched a complete-game six-hitter, striking out five.

Whittell (4-0) plays host to Virginia City at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The Warriors also will entertain North Tahoe on Thursday and Coleville on Saturday.