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Warriors strong arm the Wolverines

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

Truckee learned the hard way that the 2005 Whittell High Warriors are well-armed.

Whittell catcher Brian Peat threw out all four Truckee baserunners who tried to steal and right fielder Tommy Esquivel gunned down a runner at third base as the Warriors gave coach Don Amaral his first career win over Truckee 9-3 on Thursday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

“It was a nice win because they are a good 3A team,” said Whittell senior outfielder Tommy Esquivel of Truckee, which is in second place in the Northern 3A League.

The Whittell arms on the mound weren’t too bad either as the Warriors won the nonleague baseball game. Jeff Young, pitching for the first time in a month, worked the first three innings and relievers Chris Shapiro and Marcus Mellberg were just as effective over the final four innings.

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“We’re coming along and playing pretty good ball right now,” Amaral said.

Truckee scratched across a run in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead, but the Warriors put up a crooked number in the third. Keyed by successive hits by Peat, Mellberg, Shapiro, Esquivel and Brian Vogt, Whittell scored five times to take the lead for good.

Two-run doubles by Esquivel and Chris Anton highlighted a four-run Warrior rally in the fifth.

One inning later Esquivel showed off his strong arm in right field. With nobody out a Truckee baserunner tried to advance from first to third on a base hit.

“Tommy made a throw from 300 feet dead on the bag with no hop to get him,” Amaral said.

Young hadn’t pitched since early in the season because of a sore arm. But his lack of bump duty didn’t show on Thursday as he limited the Wolverines to one earned run in three innings. He struck out four.

Shapiro came on in relief to work three shutout innings. He also fanned four. Mellberg pitched the final inning, allowing an unearned run.

Mellberg led the Warriors with three RBIs. Peat, Mellberg, Esquivel, Vogt and Ryan Gosh each delivered two hits as Whittell lit up Truckee pitching for 13 hits. Young had one of the Warriors’ three extra-base hits, stroking a triple.

“Everything is starting to fall into place; everyone is hitting the ball really hard,” Esquivel said. “We’re also starting to play better defense and we’re learning the situations better.”

Amaral came into the game with an 0-2 career record against Truckee.

Whittell (10-4) will play at doubleheader at Rite of Passage beginning at noon Saturday.