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Warriors outslug Wolverines in eight innings

Steve Yingling

A three-run eighth inning highlighted by Chris Anton’s two-run double helped Whittell outslug Truckee 14-13 in a nonleague baseball game Thursday in Truckee.

With its second win in as many games with the Wolverines, the Warriors improved to 14-4 overall.

With the score tied at 11 after the regulation seven innings, Whittell used several hit batsmen and a walk to start a rally in the eighth. Cody Harrington’s sacrifice fly put Whittell ahead 12-11 and Anton followed with a two-run double off the fence.

Truckee, however, didn’t go quietly in the bottom of the eighth, even though Harrington retired the first two hitters. Two key base hits and a walked enabled Truckee to pull within a run.

But Truckee picked the wrong spot to hit a two-out infield grounder as Marcus Mellberg flipped the ball to shortstop Jeff Young at second for the final out.

“Marcus wouldn’t have thrown the guy out at first because it was hit (deep) in the hole,” said Whittell coach Don Amaral.

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Young put on another dazzling performance at short, according to Amaral.

“He can really pick it and was worth the price of admission,” Amaral said of his junior infielder.

Ten of Whittell’s 17 hits went for extra bases. Mellberg hit a triple and double, Chris Shapiro doubled twice and two-baggers were also hit by Young, Ryan Gosh, Tommy Esquivel, Brian Vogt, Harrington and Anton.

Amaral was pleased that his seven though nine hitters provided seven hits on a day when his top hitters struggled a bit. No. 7 hitter Vogt was 1 for 4 with two RBIs; Harrington, eighth in the order, was 2 for 4; and Brian Hanshew and Anton each delivered a pair of hits in the nine spot.

Also, Shapiro was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Young was 2 for 4.

Harrington played a key role in the victory, pitching five innings of relief.

“I didn’t plan on pitching him five innings, only two,” Amaral said. “Cody gutted it out and did a great job.”

Whittell will return to Northern 2A League play on Saturday when it visits Hawthorne for a noon twin bill.