Fernley ends Warriors’ 10-game win streak
GARDNERVILLE – The streak is over.
The Whittell High Warrior baseball team lost its first game since beginning league play 10 games ago.
Whittell lost to Fernley 4-3 at Lampe Park in a nonleague contest as the Vaqueros jumped ahead of the Warriors in the first inning and never looked back. The Warriors had ample opportunities to score but couldn’t come up with the key hit.
After senior Chris Hannum got through the rocky first, giving up three runs, he settled down and held Fernley scoreless the rest of the way before he was lifted for fellow senior Brandon “The General” Lee in the fourth inning.
Hannum was the beneficiary of great defense behind him as the Warriors were able to get out of a couple of scoring threats.
“We executed plays today,” Warrior manager Don Amaral said. “We threw out four runners today.”
Brett Schussel gunned down all would-be base stealers and Joe Piccola threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth.
Throughout the game, the Warriors inched their way back into the game, scoring a run here and there but could never tie the game as Fernley managed to close the door before Whittell could force a tie.
The Warriors were down 3-0 when Lee singled home Hannum for their first run in the third inning.
Pinch runner Sho Kashima advanced to third on a passed ball with one out in the fifth and scored on a Matt Olsen groundout to pull the Warriors to within 3-2.
In the sixth inning, the Vaqueros scored their final run when a runner from third was balked in.
But the Warriors answered with a run of their own when Piccola scored on a double steal from third. Whittell had runners on first and third when Schussel drew a throw to second, allowing Piccola to scamper home ahead of the throw to make the score 4-3.
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