General drops two bombs on Dayton
Brandon “The General” Lee is on the verge of breaking a pair of his school records.
After Tuesday’s performance from the plate at the Dayton Tournament, the Whittell High senior is halfway to his own school record of eight home runs.
Lee blasted a pair of three-run round-trippers as the Whittell Warriors pounded Dayton 15-3. However, WHS fell to the Fallon Greenwave, a Nevada 4A club, in the second game of the day, 12-9.
“He’s starting to really drive the ball,” Warrior Manager Don Amaral said.
In the early game, Lee and the Warriors hit everything the Dust Devils threw at them, scoring in all but two innings of the six-inning contest.
“We played great ball,” Amaral said. “We continued to pound the ball.”
Lee led the way, going 2 for 4 with two bombs, eight runs batted in and two runs scored. On the hill, Lee is also quickly approaching his school mark of 102 strikeouts with 85 this season.
Fellow senior Chris Hannum was 3 for 4 with three runs scored, while Joe Piccola was 4 for 5 scoring four times and Matt Olsen was 3 for 5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs.
Thomas Hunter was 1 for 4 with a run batted in; Brett Schussel was 3 for 4 with a RBI; Travis Purdy was perfect, going 2 for 2; and Tyson Frederick was 1 for 4 with two RBIs.
Frederick started on the mound for the Warriors, throwing four innings of four-hit ball, while striking out three and only issuing two free passes.
The Dust Devils drew a pair of walks to open the game and both runners scored before Frederick shut them down the rest of the way.
The second game looked to be much of the same as the Warriors jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but fatigue of playing six games in four days caught up to the pitching staff.
“We just ran out of pitching,” Amaral said.
Hunter who closed out the first game, didn’t have much gas left and had to be relieved by Purdy, who went three and 1/3 innings and gave up three runs.
Amaral then brought in Piccola, who surrendered only a single score in two innings of work.
Hannum went 1 for 5, Piccola was 3 for 3, Lee 2 for 4 and Olsen was 1 for 2.
But it was Hunter and Schussel who swung the hot bats in the second game. Hunter was 1 for 3 with three RBIs while Schussel was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and freshman Chris Pavich was 1 for 2.
The Warriors return to the diamond on Friday when they travel to Hawthorne to resume league play with a twin bill against the Serpents beginning at 11 a.m. Hawthorne trails first-place Whittell by 1 games in the Nevada 2A League.
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