Frosh key WHS win over Coleville
Starting six freshmen, the Whittell High baseball team didn’t play like a young team on Tuesday.
Freshmen Alex Vogt and Alex Potnick pitched four strong innings, and Potnick knocked in three runs as the Warriors defeated Coleville 6-3 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
“We played much better baseball than before, and the key was pitching,” said Whittell skipper Don Amaral, whose three hurlers didn’t walk a batter.
Ben Ward started for Whittell, allowing one hit and one unearned run in two innings. Vogt pitched the next two innings, giving up one unearned run while striking out three and picking off a runner. Potnick closed the deal, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced, including four on strikes.
Potnick had two hits, as did fellow freshman Julian Washalefsky, who was making his first varsity start. Senior Carter Amaral reached base in three of his four at-bats, stole three bases and scored twice.
Whittell (4-4) opens Northern 2A League play at Hawthorne on Saturday.
STHS baseball threatens Galena
Jason Winslow went 2 for 3 and kept the Vikings close with solid pitching as South Tahoe fell to Galena 5-1 in a nonleague baseball game on Tuesday in Reno. It was the Vikings’ third time they’ve played last year’s Nevada 4A state runner-up in the first two weeks of the season, but coach Matt Tillson came away pleased.
“I was looking on their faces after the game, and they felt they should’ve won that game,” Tillson said. “For them to feel like that, it’s a good sign for us.”
Kevin Yelles and Ivan Trebotich both went 2 for 3, while Gary Prescott’s RBI double in the top of the sixth scored Yelles and made it 2-1. Trebotich followed with a single, but Prescott was thrown out at the plate attempting to score the game-tying run.
South Tahoe (4-6) opens Sierra League play against Hug on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Reno.
WHS softball cancels game
The Whittell softball team had to cancel its non-league game with Coleville on Tuesday because of a lack of players. The 2A school is on spring break and is missing several players.
The Warriors (2-4) begin Northern 2A play on Saturday against Hawthorne.
Carson soccer coach fired
After a successful four-year run, Jason Koop is no longer the Carson High boys’ soccer coach.
Koop said on Monday that the school decided not to renew his contract. In Nevada, all coaches receive one-year contracts and a school can decide not to renew that contract if it chooses.
CHS athletic director Diane Baker Roberts said she couldn’t comment on the decision to let Koop go. All she could say is that the school is now looking for a coach and an assistant coach to direct the varsity program this fall. Roberts did say, “He was a good coach, there’s no doubt about it.”
“I think it was over philosophical differences,” said Koop about why he was let go. “We had differences of opinion,” Koop also said about himself and the school’s administration.
– The Nevada Appeal contributed to this story.