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Warriors move into second place

Tribune staff report

Whittell High’s baseball team took an important step toward earning the Northern Nevada 2A Division’s No. 2 playoff seed Thursday.

The Warriors (7-3 division, 17-6 overall) thumped rival Incline 17-3 to take over second place in the division standings.

Whittell must split a doubleheader at Hawthorne on Saturday to clinch second.

Sophomore Chris Shapiro pitched four shutout innings and struck out eight. He worked five innings, giving up four hits and three runs.

“It was great stuff from a 15-year-old,” said Whittell skipper Don Amaral. “He had a good fastball and they couldn’t catch up to it all day.”

The teams were scoreless through two innings, but Whittell erupted for seven runs in the third inning.

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After Incline trimmed the lead to 9-3 in the fifth, Whittell put the game away with an eight-run sixth inning. Five hit batsmen and only two hits led to eight runs.