Warriors wake up, crush Hug
Special to the Tribune
Whittell high’s baseball team returned to Lampe Park Wednesday afternoon and found the familiar surroundings agreeable, bouncing back from a rough weekend to manhandle the Hug Hawks 11-1.
Whittell (now 8-4) broke open a 1-1 tie in the 2rd inning and never looked back.
“The conditions weren’t ideal, but we managed to play error free baseball and did a great job throwing strikes,” said coach Starbuck Teevan. “Most everyone made a contribution and we proved to ourselves that making excuses isn’t in our best interest.”
Eric Ward singled and Oliver Curiel followed with a ringing double to right- center. Then, after a wild pitch scored Ward, Jess Latta laid down a perfect bunt, beating the throw for a single while Curiel raced home. Latta then stole second and advanced to third on another wild pitch. This set up sophomore leadoff hitter Taylor Weik who squeezed Latta home with another well-placed bunt.
Seniors Matt Schorr and Alex Potnick flexed their power muscles for the Warriors. Schorr lashed a triple and the game-ending gapper in the 6th. Potnick blistered three hits including a double and a savage single off the Hug third-baseman’s leg. Whittell never let up, scoring in every inning as Alex Vogt, Julian Washalefsky, Latta, and Ward also tallied two hits apiece.
On the mound, Vogt has established himself as the Warriors’ ace, navigating through 40-mph gusts to get the win with a 6K, 4-inning stint. Julian Washalefsky was the closer, twirling two scoreless frames, and Whittell’s defense held firm throughout against their first 4A opponent this year.
Next up for the Warriors, a Saturday double-header at Lampe vs. a strong 3A nine, the Truckee Wolverines.