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WHS softball wins thriller over Wolves

Warriors pull out 14-13 victory in final inning

Staff Report

As snow fell in sheets during the drive between Zephyr Cove and Topaz Lake, the Whittell High softball team wasn’t sure if it would even play on Tuesday against Coleville.

However, a phone call from Topaz Lake to Coleville officials confirmed it wasn’t snowing just 8 miles to the south. Good thing, too, because the Warriors pulled out their best game of the season.

Abby Kingman pitched a complete game and allowed just five hits as Whittell scored three runs in the seventh inning to beat Coleville 14-13. Austyn Harrington went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Warriors (2-1).

“We started off a little distracted because of the bus ride,” said first-year WHS coach Izzy Luna. “It was really hard for the girls to stay focused, but they were able to refocus quickly and jump ahead in the game.”

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After Whittell scored two runs in the top of the first, the Wolves scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. Coleville increased its lead to 7-3 in the third inning before the Warriors scored eight runs in the fourth to go up 11-7.

Although the Warriors held a 14-5 advantage in the hit department, their six errors allowed Coleville to stay close. The Wolves countered the Warriors’ offensive outburst by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead at 12-11.

But Harrington, Tara Humbird and Justina Pritzker all scored runs in the seventh inning as Whittell pulled ahead 14-12 and held Coleville to just one run in the bottom of the seventh. Sarah Ehrler went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Abby Kingman went 1 for 2 with a double.

Coleville received two votes in last week’s Sierra Nevada Sports Media softball poll, which ranks the top teams in Northern Nevada regardless of classification.

“The girls really battled and were able to beat a quality opponent,” Luna said.

Whittell opens Northern 2A play with a doubleheader on Saturday against defending league and zone champion Battle Mountain. The first game is scheduled for noon.

STHS golf places third

Joel Morris led three Vikings in the 40s as South Tahoe placed third at a Sierra Division golf match at Washoe Golf Course on Tuesday that was cut short because of snow in Reno.

Morris finished with a team-high score of 43, while Kevin Fannan and Teddy Kosciolek both shot 45. Kyle Garrett carded a 50 and Dru Blair’s 52 completed the scoring for the Vikings, who finished with a team total of 235 strokes.

Carson won the match with a stroke total of 205 and was followed by second-place Reno (219). Douglas and Wooster tied for fourth at 236 and were followed by North Valleys (253) and Hug (337).

Some players were able to finish 18 holes but others only finished 14 by the time snow blanketed the course. The nine-hole match is still official, giving STHS fourth and third-place finishes in its first two division matches of the season.

“We need to finish in the top four all season and we will get back to the zone tournament,” STHS Mike Patterson said. “We’re pleased with our third-place finish because it was pretty miserable down there.”

The Vikings’ next division meet is Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Wildcreek Golf Course in Reno.

Whittell blanks Coleville

Jeff Young and Brian Peat both went 3 for 3 with two RBI as the Warriors beat Coleville 11-0 in a nonleague baseball game on Tuesday that was called in the fifth inning due to weather.

Young started the game and got credited with the pitching decision. He pitched two innings and struck out six batters. Chris Craig relieved him in the third and allowed only one hit in two innings of work.

“I was really happy with how we played,” WHS coach Don Amaral said. “We played good defense. When they did hit the ball, we made good plays. We stole nine bases and we had a suicide squeeze. We just played real well.”

In addition to recording a hit and knocking in two runs, Carter Amaral drew two walks and scored three times. Young also scored three runs in the win.

Whittell (3-5) opens Northern 2A play with a doubleheader against Battle Mountain on Saturday. The first game is scheduled for noon.