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Whittell Warriors sweep league doubleheader at ROP

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Whittell High’s baseball team moved into sole possession of third place in the Northern 2A League on Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep at Rite of Passage.

Junior Jordan Morgan and sophomore Julian Washalefsky each tossed complete games as the Warriors defeated the Rams, 11-2 and 12-2.

The Warriors improved to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in league, moving ahead of fourth-place Battle Mountain (6-4).

Morgan struck out 11 and gave up five hits in earning his third league victory.

Washalefsky pitched two fewer innings because of the 10-run mercy rule and didn’t walk a batter while giving up four hits.

“He was consistently throwing strikes and we played real good defense behind him, making all the routine plays,” said Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan. “Nick Shepack made a couple of nice catches in right field.”

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Anthony Taricco triggered the Whittell offense by hitting a triple and double and knocking in two runs. Nick Warner contributed a hit, two runs and two RBI; Adam Laub was 1 for 3 with a double and two runs scored; and Cody Nelson went 1 for 2 with two walks, three runs scored and three stolen bases.

In the second-game victory, Warner clubbed a double, walked twice and scored twice; Laub doubled and scored twice; Nelson rapped a hit, scored twice and stole two bases; and Washalefsky drove in two runs and scored once.

Whittell will play a nonleague game Thursday at Virginia City before focusing on a key league doubleheader against Lovelock on Saturday at Lampe Park. Lovelock (8-2) is second to Silver Stage (10-0) in the league standings.

“We are playing good baseball. We just have to keep getting better,” Teevan said. “The guys are looking forward at a shot of making the playoffs.”

Alex Potnick and Alex Vogt are Whittell’s projected starting pitchers for Saturday’s games.