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Whittell Warriors split in Yerington weekend tourney

Staff reports
Susan L. McCall / Submitted to the TribuneAlex Vogt pitches against Lovelock Saturday in Yerington.

Whittell’s baseball took to the road this weekend, splitting four games at the Yerington Crossover Tournament.

Matt Elliott traded his catcher’s gear for mound duty and pitched a shutout on Friday afternoon. The freshman also helped himself at the plate with two hits, three RBI and four runs scored. Eric Ward, Alex Vogt, Matt Schorr and Jess Latta also had multi-hit games. Vogt knocked in five runs, Schorr with four RBI in the four-inning romp.

Lefty Cody Gibson and Sophomore Taylor Weik combined their hurling talents to keep the Nighthawks in check. Ty Sprock, Schorr, Vogt and Elliott powered the offense with multi-hit surges. Vogt and Elliott each smacked triples.

For five innings, Vogt matched the Mustangs’ Brian Smokey in a classic pitching duel. Each had no-hitters after three innings; Smokey facing the minimum, Vogt with five strikeouts. The double no-nos were broken in the fourth, and the Warriors (7-4) threatened in both the fourth and fifth, stranding runners at third base. But after five frames the game was still deadlocked at 0-0.

In the top of the sixth Whittell broke through. After Sprock and Vogt singled, Schorr rewarded the Warrior faithful with an electrifying in-side-the-park homer to left-center.

The 3-0 lead seemed secure heading into the bottom of the frame, as no Lovelock runner had safely reached second base to that point. But two singles, a walk and three errors later, the Mustangs had four runs and the game.

“Vogt pitched very well and deserved to win, but our defense made some costly mistakes in the last inning giving up four unearned runs,” said coach Starbuck Teevan.

Alex Potnick launched a two-run double before the Lions had recorded a single out. But that was all the offense the Red and Gold could muster for the game.

Julian Washalefsky pitched well enough to win on most days. His mix of curves, change-ups and high fastballs kept Lion batters befuddled for the first two innings. The lanky senior finished with six strikeouts and a heads-up defensive play for four inning’s work. Whittell’s defense lapsed only in the third inning. But Yerington plated four and it held up in the tourney-shortened five-inning contest.

“Our baseball team needs to be more focused throughout an entire game,” Teevan said. “We sometimes lose our intensity and let other teams capitalize on our mistakes. If we can eliminate these big innings and cut down on our strikeouts and errors we will be fine. We have a tough schedule coming up, but look forward to getting better with each practice and game.”

Whittell baseball returns with games vs. Hug Wednesday, Truckee Saturday and Incline Wednesday during the home stand.

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