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Warriors turn the tables on Dust Devils

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

A month ago Whittell didn’t even get one hit as Dayton ace Nicole Green threw a perfect game in a 13-0 defeat.

How things changed on Tuesday in Gardnerville.

Anna Kingman hit a walk-off homer, the Warriors’ 16th hit, as Whittell won a thrilling 12-11 nonleague softball game at Lampe Park.

“It was a great win and a fun win,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines, whose club won its fifth straight game.

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Whittell led 9-2 going into the fifth inning but Dayton scored nine times to go ahead 11-9.

Unperturbed, Whittell came back to tie the score at 11 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ariana Rodriguez’s single moved Katy Komorowski to third base. Komorowski scored on a fielder’s choice by Austyn Harrington. Pinch-runner Tara Scaduto scored the tying run on a clutch single by senior Whitney Gielow.

Gielow had another strong game behind the dish, catching a foul ball and then gunning out a Dayton baserunner who strayed too far off second base.

“On Saturday at Hawthorne and today against Dayton, Whitney has played some phenomenal softball,” Wines said.

Harrington threw three scoreless innings to earn the victory. Komorowski threw the first six innings for Whittell.

The Warriors scored two runs in each of the first two innings. Rodriguez tripled during a two-run second inning and Abby Kingman doubled and Holly Connelly, Rodriguez and Megan Esquivell each singled during a five-run third inning. Rodriguez’s single scored a run and Esquivel’s base hit brought home two runs.

Rodriguez led the Warriors with three hits and nearly had a fourth on a well-executed drag bunt. She also ran down a well-hit ball in center field to keep the Dust Devils off the scoreboard late in the game.

Gielow, Komorowski, Anna Kingman, Gielow and Courtney Fields collected two hits apiece.

“We just wanted to come out tonight and improve,” Wines said. “I told the girls that I thought we are a better hitting team than we were then and they really came out aggressive with the bat.”

Dayton coach Dusti Houk was pleased with the pitching of Sierra Barnwell, who normally catches for the Dust Devils. Barnwell gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Whittell plays at Silver Stage in a key Northern 2A League doubleheader on Saturday.

“They swept Hawthorne and we swept Hawthorne and we’re in a battle for second place in the conference,” Wines said.

– The Nevada Appeal contributed to this story.