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Whittell softball team gets back-to-back wins

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Whittell softball team seems to gain momentum with each game of the season, this time with a doubleheader sweep on the road against West Wendover Saturday by scores of 8-6 and 9-4.

“I was really impressed with West Wendover,” said Warriors’ manager Lindsay Wines. “I didn’t know what to expect. In all reality I was hoping to go out there and at least get a split. They were very good.”

In the 8-6 win in game one, Wines said composure was the key.

“We were ahead 8-2 going into the last inning,” she said. “Defensively, the girls played a pretty good game but when the pressure got on they didn’t buckle and I was impressed with that. They understood the importance of the game and they did what they needed to do.”

Anna Kingman went 3-3 for the Warriors with two triples and a double and four runs scored.

“On her first at-bat she had one off the top of the fence and it bounced back in,” Wines said.

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Wines also noted that West Wendover intentionally walked Kingman in the game.

“I have never seen that happen before and I’ve been coaching softball for a long time,” Wines said. “At first she was angry, but then some of the coaches talked to her and told her that it is total respect so she was happier about it.”

Sarah Piccola was 2-4, Jessica Rickman 1-4, Jackie Laurian 2-4, Kaitlin Willins 2-3 and Rikki Barron 1-1.

Ashley Wines pitched the length of both games for Whittell.

In the second game, the Warriors were again led on offense by Kingman, who went 2-4 with a triple. Piccola was 2-3, Whitney Gielow 1-3, Rickman 1-3 and Ashley Wines 1-1.

“A lot of times when Wendover had runners on with less than two outs we were able to come back,” Wines said. “I was impressed with the mental toughness in the game. Defensively, we’re playing really well right now.”

The Warriors’ record now is 7-4 overall and 4-0 in Northern Nevada 2A league play.

Being undefeated in the league sets Whittell up nicely for a shot at hosting the zone playoffs at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, where the Warriors play home games.

However, Whittell must first get past a tough league foe in Battle Mountain at home Saturday. Battle Mountain defeated the Warriors in the state tournament last year.

“That will be a huge test,” Wines noted. “Talk to me Saturday night (about hosting zone). Based on how focused the girls stay, I think we could possibly beat them. Every team you can’t look past, but right now Battle Mountain is our big test.”

Wines said both Battle Mountain and Hawthorne will provide a test of the Warriors in league play this year. The Battle Mountain doubleheader is the last home league game for the Warriors this year. This week, the Warriors play Dayton on the road Tuesday, beginning at 3 p.m., and then at Smith Valley in a makeup game Wednesday, beginning at 3 p.m.