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Whittell enters regionals without two starters, reserve

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Whittell High softball team will battle it out in the Northern Nevada 2A zone tournament this weekend without some of the players who got the team there.

Warriors manager Lindsay Wines said the team lost two starters this week, one for disciplinary reasons and one who did not wish to remain with the team. Wines did not wish to comment on who the starters were since the zone tourney is only one day away.

Also lost because of grades was the team’s top reserve player.

“Losing the starters will leave some tough holes to fill,” Wines said.

Wines said that despite losing personnel and a couple of tough 5-4 games against league-rival Hawthorne last week, she is confident the team will be able to come together as one unit when it matters most. The Warriors were zone champions last year before losing their first two games of the state tournament.

“I thought the unity and camaraderie was the best it’s been all year long,” she said. “The kids are relaxed but focused and we’ve had a couple of freshmen play very well over the past couple of days. I’m pretty comfortable with what’s going to happen.”

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Whittell plays Tonopah in Battle Mountain in the first round of zone on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m.

If the Warriors win that one, the team then plays the winner of West Wendover versus Battle Mountain.

“We talked about it at practice today,” Wines said. “We are going to go to zone as the defending champions. We have a championship that we want to defend, so we are going to go in there and play hard. I stressed a lot in practice that we have to go out there and leave our hearts on the field. We can’t look past Tonopah by any means.

“At the start of the season, our goal was to get back to the zone tournament and prove that what we did last year wasn’t a fluke,” she added. “We have a couple of very good seniors out there, a solid infield and our defense is pretty solid, so I think the kids will be just fine. I think they’re ready.”