Whittell tops North Tahoe in mid-week matchup
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Matt Elliott must be conflicted.
He has all-league credentials from his regular duties as catcher for the Warriors, but when pitching, he can be even better. Wednesday at Governors Field in Carson City, Elliott took to the hill for his third start in the past month. The result, his third consecutive complete game win as the Warriors kept their playoff hopes alive with a convincing 9-2 win over North Tahoe.
“Matt threw great … [he] got ahead on the counts,” head coach Starbuck Teevan said. “We executed well, and our defense was good.”
The freshman hurler had a wobbly first inning as two walks couple with two North Tahoe hits helped the Lakers stake a 2-0 lead. From there on out, Elliott put North Tahoe bats on standby, using a good mix of off-speed pitches and pin-point location in allowing just two hits down the stretch.
All-in-all Elliot sat down 11 Lakers, five of which went looking, including the game-ender.
The Whittell hitters tallied 10 hits on the afternoon compared to just four from their counterparts. Offensive stars for Whittell included Oliver Curiel, who scored twice and added a single and sac-fly. Alex Vogt cracked three hits while Sprock and Elliott accrued two each. Alex Potnick also added a triple (see photo).
Defensively, Taylor Weik filled in for Elliott behind the plate, allowing just one Laker runner to steal against him. Ty Sprock flagged played well in right, flagging down a couple of wind-blown fly balls, just missing a third near the fence.
Whittell was air-tight up the middle, playing error-free baseball. A combined 13 errors, wild pitches, passed ball and hit batsman aided Whittell in their win.
Whittell is now 15-9 overall and 3-0 since their tough loss in San Diego to Linfield, the eventual Lion’s Tourney champs. They finish their series vs. North Tahoe on Saturday with a double-header at Lampe Park. Game times 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.