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Whittell pitchers combine on two-hitter

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Chris WellhausenWhittell High's Chris Pavich beats a throw to Virginia City first baseman Sam Turman during Tuesday's nonleague baseball game at Lampe Park in Gardnerville

Whittell High sophomore pitcher Chris Shapiro realized he wasn’t going to pitch past the fourth inning against Virginia City on Tuesday.

But he didn’t know he’d leave with a no-hitter.

Shapiro had reached his early season pitch count, so WHS manager Don Amaral didn’t hesitate to bring in Ian Jacobsen.

“He gave me none of the business. It’s too early in the season to give the business,” said Amaral after his Warriors defeated Virginia City 8-1 in a nonleague baseball game at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Jacobsen pitched the final three innings, allowing two hits while striking out four. The Muckers pushed across their only run on a wild pitch with two outs in the seventh.

Shapiro threw 49 pitches and faced one batter over the minimum for four innings. He struck out four and walked one.

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“I was very pleased with our pitching and our defense,” Amaral said. “We played great defense, particularly second baseman Brian Vogt, third baseman Chris Pavich and first baseman (Danny) Shapiro.”

Offensively, Tommy Esquivel smacked a three-run triple during a five-run game-breaking sixth inning. Pavich was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and Kyle Olsen was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Whittell (5-0) entertains North Tahoe at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lampe Park.

“That’s where we’ll find out what we’re made of,” Amaral said.

Season openers can be very lesson-oriented, as the South Tahoe High Vikings’ softball team discovered Tuesday in Reno.

The Vikings learned that they can hit and no lead is safe against them. They also found out that they need to work on defense and throwing strikes.

South Tahoe bounced back from a 7-1 defict to lose its Nevada 4A Sierra Division to Hug 16-15.

“You can’t win if you have six errors and you can’t win if you walk (seven) batters,” said Viking manager Rich Barna.

Junior “rookie” Bailey Erickson delivered a two-run triple during the Vikings’ eight-run third inning. The big inning gave the Vikings a temporary 9-7 lead, but Hug bounced back to take a 16-12 edge going into the top of the seventh inning.

But the Vikings had one final rally left in them in the seventh. Three walks and a hit by Erika Schimmel triggered a three-run rally. However, the Vikings left the bases loaded when the final out was retired with darkness settling in.

Schimmel and Novasel led an 11-hit Viking attack by each going 3 for 4. Schimmel delivered two singles and a double and Novasel collected a triple and two singles.

The Vikings were missing two regulars, including Alisha Bettencourt, who received five stitches to close a wound above her eye on Monday.

Schimmel pitched the distance, allowing 11 earned runs while striking out nine. She walked seven and hit two batters.”

STHS plays Carson in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. Saturday in Carson City.