Warriors suffer first league defeat
After the Battle Mountain Longhorns handed Whittell its first Northern 2A League baseball defeat on Saturday afternoon, the Warriors’ regular-season title hopes may have hinged on their second-game performance.
The Warriors (18-2 overall) rose to the occasion, beating the Longhorns 8-6 to salvage the doubleheader split. First-place Battle Mountain (6-1) still owns a half-game over the Warriors (5-1) in the league standings.
“The kids got a little bit of a tongue-lashing after that first game. We came out flat,” said Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan of the 12-2 defeat in the opener. “They came back with a great bit of energy and team effort.”
Whittell built an 8-4 lead behind the hitting of Jordan Morgan and Alex Potnick and the pitching of Alex Vogt. Vogt earned the win by allowing just three earned runs and striking out seven in six innings. Morgan hit his first prep home run and knocked in three runs, while Potnick went 2 for 2, including a double, and two RBI.
Battle Mountain (10-4 overall) tried to rally late behind a two-run homer by 6-foot-5 Matt Miller, but Potnick came on in relief to set down the hosts 1-2-3 in the final frame.
The Longhorns dealt Morgan his first defeat on the mound in the opener.
“They hit him pretty hard, so it was humbling for him,” Teevan said. “But we’re happy with the split.”
Freshman Ty Sprock took advantage of a start in right field by going 1 for 2 and two RBI. Adam Laub was 1 for 1 for the Warriors.
Whittell’s nonleague game at Coleville on Tueday was postponed. The Warriors are scheduled to play a doubleheader against rival Incline at noon Saturday in Incline Village.
Warriors’ softball team loses twinbill
Whittell’s fielding troubles in the third inning of both ends a softball doubleheader helped Battle Moumtain sweep the Northern 2A League games, 10-0 and 14-5, on Saturday in Battle Mountain.
Battle Mountain senior pitcher Jordan Waugh gave up a single hit to Katie Besson in the opener. Whittell, meanwhile, committed several errors in a six-run Battle Mountain third inning.
Whittell junior pitcher Marissa Besson struck out five and walked two.
In the second game, the teams were tied at 2 in the third inning, when the Warriors made five errors, leading to a six-run Longhorns’ uprising. Whittell fought back for the next three runs, but the Longhorns answered with a game-clinching four-run sixth inning.
Jessie Sayre and Megan Miller each had two hits for Whittell. Amanda Harris recorded four strikeouts for the Warriors (0-4 in league).
The Warriors’ nonleague game Tuesday at Coleville was postponed. Whittell will play a league doubleheader against Incline on Saturday at Incline Middle School. The doubledip begins at noon.
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