Dayton sweeps Warriors baseball
Whittell High’s baseball team couldn’t parlay Thursday’s rally into another league win or its fast start into a 4-1 league record, falling 12-4 at Lampe Park.
The Warriors (7-6 overall, 3-2 Northern Nevada 3A division II) simply gave up too many runs in the first two innings to draw even with visiting Dayton, and allowed four runs in the seventh for the Dust Devils to pull away. Dayton became the first team in the league to sweep Whittell, improving to 18-4 overall, 5-1 in league play.
“We just gave them too many outs in the first two innings,” said Warriors skipper Don Amaral.
After Dayton’s first two batters grounded out to start the game, the Warriors scored their next four runners, turning two singles, a double and an error into a 4-0 margin by the end of the first inning. The Dust Devils doubled that lead in the next frame with an RBI double, two RBI singles and a passed ball that scored Dayton starter Shane Van Zant. Whittell, by contrast, couldn’t find its first run until the fourth inning.
“I guess we’re pleased with the performance, especially after last night’s game,” said Dayton head coach Craig Miller, whose team quickly rediscovered its confidence after Wednesday’s 20-2 loss to the Fernley Vaqueros. “The kids really responded quickly.”
Still, Whittell managed to cut the score to four by the fifth inning. With starter Bryce Schussel shaking off a rough first two innings, Whittell held Dayton scoreless for four innings. The Warriors had their first run in the fourth when Bryce Schussel’s single scored Brandon Lee. Bryce Schussel retired the side to bring Whittell to the plate, and the Warriors added three more runs in the fifth. Matt Wiggins walked to lead off the inning, and Joe Piccola loaded the bases with singles. After two fly outs, Bryce Schussel helped his cause with a two-RBI single to cut the lead to 8-4.
“On the positive side, this team was down 8-0 and never stopped playing,” Amaral said.
But Whittell could draw no closer. Van Zant and Bryce Schussel each retired the opposing side in the sixth, setting up Dayton’s final-inning offensive spurt. With no outs, Mike Sampang hit a two-RBI single, then came home on a groundout, and another passed ball sent Dayton third baseman Adam Sayre home.
“We played pretty good that game,” said Sampang, who finished 2-4 with three RBIs. “I guess we kind of slacked off a little bit, and then we realized we better kick back in and play like we could.”
With the 12-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh, Van Zant allowed just one Whittell hitter on base, walking Brandon Lee. Sayre tracked down Trent Gordon’s popup foul to end the game.
Van Zant pitched a complete game, striking out five and allowing five hits and three earned runs as Dayton – like Whittell – dipped deep into its pool of pitchers. Van Zant has been the ace while Bobby Nylen, who pitched in Dayton’s 9-5 win over the Warriors on April 5, recovers from an injury.
“It’ll be a lot better because we can all go back to our old places,” Sampang said of Nylen’s plan to return by May 2.
Similarly, Bryce Schussel has seen more time for Whittell as Lee has recuperated from a pulled muscle he suffered against Dayton. Schussel dropped to 2-2 as a starter despite six strikeouts in the complete game. The Warriors, back in the playoff chase in Amaral’s first season, could have Lee back pitching as early as its next game. Whittell will continue on its quest for the postseason with Thursday’s game against Incline.
Warriors golf moves up in rankings
Windy conditions couldn’t blow Whittell’s golfers off their foothold on second place during Thursday’s league meet in Dayton, Nev.
Whittell returned to second place behind Bishop Manogue despite some conditions at the Dayton Valley course that were very tough on the golfers. Manogue won the match with a team total of 435, ahead of Whittell (455), Yerington (477), Dayton (490), Hawthorne, and Incline, which had three players not finish.
“Actually, I was pretty pleased with the way the kids played, even though the scores don’t sound very good,” said Warriors golf coach Frank Bruno. “When you hit into the wind, the holes play longer. The course has quite a bit of water on it, so it’s hard to keep your ball in play.”
Dustin Fox and Ryan Salomon led the Warriors with twin 88s, and Todd Echan shot a 91. Patrick Flanagan (93), Keith Truswell (95) and Jake Summers (98) rounded out the Warriors scorecard.
Weather permitting, Whittell returns to action Monday with a match against Bishop, Calif., at the Edgewood Golf Course in Stateline. The next league meet takes place April 21 in Yerington, Nev.
Vikings JV golfers beat Galena in match play
South Tahoe High gave its junior-varsity golfers a taste of match play on Thursday, and the JV Vikings posted a 4 1/2 – 3 1/2 win over Galena’s JV at the Lakeridge course in Reno.
“We don’t play a lot of match play, but it’s fun,” said Vikings head coach Mike Patterson. “We just kind of do it in some of the nine-hole events.”
Andrew Wysong led South Tahoe’s JV with a 49, with Jon Wallace (51), Mike Scheller (54), Corrie Lindsay (54), Justin Good (54), Steven Baker (55), Jon Strohm (56) and Steven Gerken (56) rounding out the club.
“Andrew played OK,” Patterson said. “It was pretty miserable down there. It was very windy and cold.”
South Tahoe’s golf team returns to action Wednesday with an 18-hole varsity conference match at Wolf Run.
Viking JVs pick up third softball win
South Tahoe’s junior varsity softball team held Hug scoreless through five innings Tuesday to take an 11-4 home win at the Field of Dreams.
Saleen Hancock was 2 for 3 at the plate for the JV Vikings and batted in five runs. Robyn Mackey had a triple.
South Tahoe is 3-14 on the season.
STHS baseball game postponed
Rain postponed South Tahoe High’s home baseball game with Elko on Thursday.
The teams will try to make up the Northern Nevada 4A League contest at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 14 at Todd Fields.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline High School will play its first football game in about three weeks on Thursday when they host rival Yerington in the biggest game of the season.