Whittell Warriors raise league record to 4-0
April 6, 2009
Whittell High School’s baseball team is living up to its No. 9 ranking in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll.
The Warriors ran their Northern 2A League record to 4-0 Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of North Tahoe at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
Whittell pitchers gave up four hits collectively in a pair of 12-1 victories over the Lakers.
In the opener, junior Jordan Morgan tossed a three-hitter and struck out 11 as the Warriors dispatched North Tahoe in five innings.
“He walked a few guys at the start, then he found his release point and threw strikes the rest of the game,” said Whittell skipper Starbuck Teevan.
The Warriors used aggressive baserunning and hitting throughout the lineup to bury the Lakers. Alex Potnick led Whittell with three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI. Nick Warner was 2 for 3 with two doubles, two stolen bases and two RBI; Alex Vogt delivered two hits, two RBI and two stolen bases; and Sam Harris collected one base hit, two stolen bases and two RBI.
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“We were running quite a bit. We’ve been working on some new techniques on stolen bases and wanted to try them out this weekend,” Teevan said.
The Warriors nearly pulled off a no-hitter in game two. Potnick pitched four hitless innings, then Vogt worked the final three innings, giving up a hit to the second-to-last hitter.
“They didn’t know it, but the coaches knew it,” said Teevan of the near no-hitter.
Potnick finished with nine strikeouts before leaving after four innings with the Warriors leading 6-1.
“He rolled his ankle running the bases, but he sucked it up and did a really good job,” Teevan said.
Warner and Potnick combined for four hits, two stolen bases and five RBI. Adam Laub and Harris each went 1 for 3 with two RBI and stolen bases.
The Warriors take a 12-3 record into Tuesday’s nonleague game with Truckee at Lampe Park. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
“The guys are pretty pumped up for that one. They remember losing to them last year,” Teevan said. “They are all pretty excited to be ranked. It’s a pretty good accomplishment this early in the season.”
Whittell will meet Silver Stage in a key league doubleheader on Saturday in Silver Springs.