Warriors pound on ROP pitching
April 17, 2005
Whittell High’s hit parade marched on to Yerington, where the Warriors raked Rite of Passage pitching for 37 hits in a Northern 2A League baseball doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
The Warriors scored 14 runs in the first inning to cruise to a 23-3 victory in game one and then put a similar beating on the Rams in game two, 22-3.
“We’re just hammering the ball,” said Whittell coach Don Amaral “We’re playing real solid baseball, but I couldn’t be happier with the way we’re hitting the ball.”
Whittell, which raised its overall record to 12-4 and league mark to 4-0, remained one-half game game behind Lovelock (5-0) in the Northern 2A standings. The teams meet for two games on May 6 in Gardnerville.
Led by catcher Brian Peat the Warriors had a season’s worth of offense in the two games. Peat had seven hits and knocked in 10 runs in the two wins. He was only two RBIs off Danny Shapiro’s doubleheader mark of 12 from last year.
In addition, Chris Shapiro was 7 for 8, Brian Vogt was 5 for 6 with seven RBIs, Cody Harrington was 3 for 3 with four RBIs and Carter Amaral drove home two runs.
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Through four league games, Whittell’s top nine hitters are hitting no less than .427.
The Warriors sent 18 batters to the plate in the first inning of the opener. Jeff Young opened the hitting barrage with a triple and was followed by doubles off the bat of Brian Vogt, Cody Harrington, Brian Peet and Vogt again.
“It wasn’t like we were putting any bloopers in place. They threw the ball over the plate and we were banging it pretty hard,” Amaral said.
ROP didn’t record its first out until the ninth hitter and Amaral controlled the rout by restricting his players to running when the ball was hit into play.
Young continued his comeback from a sore arm by tossing four innings of two-hit ball. Nine of his 12 outs were by strikeout.
Senior Tommy Esquivel pitched the final inning.
In game two, Shapiro, a senior, tossed a three-hitter over four innings. Shapiro struck out five before being relieved by Harrington, a junior, to start the fifth.
Whittell plays Virginia City at 3:30 p.m. today at Lame Park and at Truckee on Thursday.
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