Whittell trounces Warrior tournament foes
Whittell High’s competitive needs weren’t met in its own tournament Friday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
The Whittell baseball team pummeled Pyramid Lake 23-0 and Quincy 13-3. In the latter game, the Warriors avenged an earlier defeat to Quincy, but the visitors brought a mixture of junior varsity and varsity players to the park this time.
“The competition wasn’t to my liking, but all in all it was a good day,” said Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan. “We had very few errors, and we put the ball in play all day.”
Alex Vogt threw one inning in the romp over Pyramid Lake, but was pulled after the Warriors erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the first. Nick Warner started the rally with a triple and scored on a throwing error by the center fielder.
Freshman Hunter Morgan led the Warriors with three hits, two runs and two RBI. Junior Adam Laub had two hits, five runs and an RBI; Nick Shepack delivered five RBI on two hits and scored two runs; Alex Potnick collected a hit and RBI and scored three runs; Anthony Taricco hit a double and single, scored once and knocked in three runs; and Sam Harris stroked two hits, walked twice and plated a run.
The Warriors committed five errors in the four-inning victory against Quincy, but Ben Ward was steady on the mound.
“He threw a lot of strikes and only gave up one walk,” Teevan said.
Potnick delivered two of the Warriors’ five hits and had two RBI. Taricco slammed a two-run double and walked twice. Freshman Ben Beck walked and singled.
The Warriors (5-2) wrap up the two-day tournament Saturday by playing Rite of Passage at 10:30 a.m. and Yerington at 3 p.m.
Pritzker keys WHS win over Pyramid Lake
After being no-hit by Yerington in their Warrior tournament opener on Friday, Whittell High School bounced to win with a superlative pitching effort of its own.
Justina Pritzker pitched one-hit ball over three innings and struck out five as Whittell beat Pyramid Lake 11-1 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
“Justina was throwing well all day,” said Whittell coach Rich Barna. “She is pretty established now. She has good command of her changeup, her drop ball breaks off the plate, she throws harder than she has in the past, and she has good control.”
Pritzker also rapped a pair of singles, and Rachel Laub and Marissa Besson slapped base hits. Danielle Vanscoy ended the game with a two-run triple in the fourth inning.
In the opener, Katie Nicholas of Yerington tossed a four-inning no-hitter as the Lions won 10-0.
“She was throwing hard and had a changeup that we couldn’t lay off of,” Barna said.
Whittell concludes its tournament Saturday with a 10:30 a.m. matchup with Coleville and a 3 p.m. meeting with Portola.