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Warriors hit 11 homers in sweep of Incline

A four-run midgame deficit to the Incline Highlanders brought out another dimension of Whittell High School’s offense on Saturday in Incline Village.

Alex Vogt clobbered three home runs – including a pair of grand slams – and knocked in nine runs at Whittell rallied for an 18-10 victory in the opening game of a Northern 2A League baseball doubleheader. Vogt’s power hitting spread to his teammates as four other Warriors hit home runs, and Whittell completed a sweep with a 21-5 win in game two.

Whittell (20-2 overall) overcame senior pitcher Jordan Morgan’s second straight shaky league start. Morgan lasted into the fourth inning, giving up nine runs, but junior Alex Potnick picked up his teammate with a superb relief effort. Potnick allowed just a single run in four innings to earn the win.

Vogt’s second grand slam put Whittell ahead for good, 12-10, in the fifth inning.

The Warriors’ multipronged attack also featured Potnick going 3 for 3, including a home run, and three runs scored; Taylor Weik collecting two hits and scoring three runs; Sam Harris stroking a home run; and Eric Ward hitting 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two RBI and two walks.

Whittell’s bomb squad was back at it in the second game as Potnick bashed three-run and two-run homers and Morgan pitched in a two-run shot. Taylor Weik added his first home run.

“(Potnick) hit some out today that would have been out of any ballpark,” said Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan, whose club hit 11 homers for the day.

Vogt was the pitching beneficiary of his team’s second-game power show. He allowed four hits and five runs in five innings in posting the win. He helped himself at the plate as well, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and two runs. Potnick didn’t make an out in either game, finishing 3 for 3 with three runs and five RBI in the second game; Morgan was 2 for 3 with four RBI; Weik 2 for 3 with the home run; and Ward 2 for 3 with two walks and four runs scored.

After being held to two runs in the first game of a doubleheader on April 17 at Battle Mountain, the Warriors have averaged 16 runs per game in their past three contests.

“They’ve worked real hard on their approach at the plate and their swings,” Teevan said.

Whittell , 7-1 in league and one-half game behind first-place Battle Mountain, will be idle until playing host to North Tahoe in a league doubleheader on Saturday at Lampe Park.


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