Battle Mountain wins showdown with WHS |

Battle Mountain wins showdown with WHS

Jared Green

The Whittell High baseball team went into Saturday’s doubleheader against Northern 2A co-leader Battle Mountain High hoping to come out the undisputed division leader, but it was the Longhorns who came out on top.

The Warriors committed eight errors in losing the opener, 13-3, in five innings, then couldn’t get the crucial run home in a 7-6 loss in nine innings in the nightcap.

Whittell (9-6 overall, 4-2 Northern 2A) managed only four hits in the opener, although Danny Shapiro got going early with a two-run home run in the first inning.

Chris Shapiro was excellent on the mound for six innings in the second game, but the Longhorns scored six runs in the first two innings and forced Whittell to play from behind. The Warriors tied it up with two runs in the sixth inning but couldn’t get any runs after that despite having runners in scoring position in each of the following innings.

Shapiro started the decisive ninth with a hit batsman and Brian Radford followed a sacrifice bunt with an RBI single to right field that ended the game.

The Warriors play in the Vegas Easter Classic this week, starting with a Thursday opener against a team from Utah.

Relays, hurdlers excel at Reed

Several South Tahoe athletes had good showings among the 35 schools competing at the Reed Invitational last weekend.

The boys 4×100 relay team hit the podium in third place as Grant Swinney, Kevin Capellino, Cory Vermillion and Mikey Van Gorden continued their excellent output. Bryan Finkel and Dan McCullough replaced Swinney and Vermillion in the 4×200 relay, which finished fifth overall.

Vermillion’s day wasn’t done, however, as the junior placed second in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Capellino made the 100-meter dash finals and came in sixth.

The relays continued to treat South Tahoe well on the girls’ side as the 4×800 team broke the school record by more than 9 seconds in 10:10.51. Sophomores Megan Hillyard, Ellen Gallanty and Heather Newman and freshman Kelsey McClurg ran well against more experienced competitors and finished fourth overall.

Swim teams split with McQueen

The South Tahoe swimming team faced McQueen High on Friday, with the Vikings’ boys winning their fourth straight dual while the girls dropped their second straight.

The boys simply overpowered their opponents, beating the Lancers 175-91. They won all three relay races and got two individual wins each from Zack Powers (200 individual medley and 100 butterfly), Devin Blann (50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke) and Tim Powers (500 freestyle and 100 backstroke).

Natalie Turner was the standout for the South Tahoe girls, who lost 185-99. She won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Melissa Anstett (500 freestyle) and Lacey Payne (100 freestyle) also took gold for the Vikings, who host a double dual meet on Friday. South Tahoe will face Reed, while Hug and Incline will go head to head.

Tiger sweep softball team

Two disastrous innings sent the South Tahoe softball team home with two more losses on Saturday, this time at the hands of the Douglas Tigers.

Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, South Tahoe starter Missy Lucero surrendered eight runs on three walks and 11 hits to end the game on the 10-run rule, 11-1.

The restart was no kinder to the Vikings as Douglas scored nine runs in the opening frame. Molly Novasel shut down the Tigers for the next three innings before giving up three more runs in the fifth, but South Tahoe couldn’t score despite loading the bases twice and fell 12-0.

The Vikings visit North Valleys on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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