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Warriors split doubleheader with Battle Mountain, stay in playoff hunt

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Whittell High stayed in the thick of the Northern 2A League baseball postseason chase Saturday.

The Warriors split a doubleheader with Battle Mountain, winning 15-8 and losing 8-4 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Sophomore Alex Potnick went 5 for 5 with six RBI and five runs scored as the Warriors won the opener.

Battle Mountain fell behind 9-1 but rallied to within a run in the fourth inning. Reliever Alex Vogt, however, shut down the Longhorns on two hits for the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the win.

Junior Nick Warner continued his torrid hitting pace, stroking a triple and single, He scored three runs and stole three bases. Adam Laub went 3 for 3, including an RBI double, four runs scored and two stolen bases. Vogt contributed three hits and four stolen bases.

Game two was a different story, though, as Whittell couldn’t buy a hit. Warner had two of the Warriors’ three hits.

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Lefty Jake Harkness, the first southpaw Whittell has faced this season, pitched the distance. Whittell nicked up Harkness for two runs in the first inning but struggled to mount a rally the rest of the way.

The Warriors, 13-6 overall and 5-3 in league, play host to Smith Valley on Tuesday.

Warriors shut out twice

Battle Mountain blanked Whittell High’s softball team twice Saturday, winning by identical 12-0 scores at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

“We had a couple of opportunities to push some runs across the plate, but just couldn’t get it done,” said Whittell coach Rich Barna.

The Warriors were limited to three hits in each game.

Rachel Laub was 2 for 2 in the opener, while Warriors’ teammate Katie Poet delivered the third base hit. In game two, Laub, Poet and Marissa Besson delivered hits for the Warriors.

Whittell will meet Smith Valley on Tuesday at Lame Park.