Hum baby: Warriors are above .500
Offense, defense and fielding – Whittell High School’s baseball team had everything working during a nonleague doubleheader sweep of Coleville Saturday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
The Warriors pounded 15 hits to support the five-hit pitching of Bryce Schussel in a 19-2 opening win, then used overpowering pitching of Brandon Lee and Trent Gordon’s three-run homer for an 8-5 victory.
“We’ve started to play some ball, and the kids are real excited,” said Whittell coach Don Amaral. “Our seniors, Bryce Schussel and Trent Gordon, who have played in the program for four years, this is the first time they’ve ever been above .500.”
A 9-1 loss to Coleville at the Yerington Tournament the previous weekend served as incentive along with chance to play in their home digs for the first time.
Olsen, Lee, Schussel and Gordon each scored three runs in the opener. Lee provided the brightest fireworks, smashing a homer and triple with five RBIs. Olsen, going 3-for-4, shared the team high in hits with Lee and chipped in three RBIs. Brett Schussel contributed a hit and three RBIs, and Bryce Schussel doubled and knocked in two runs.
“We just stuck the ball all the way around,” Amaral said. “We’re getting the opportunity to get outside and get some solid practice in, and Saturday we just hit the ball very well. Our pitching is coming around, and our outfield play improved substantially with very solid play by our senior, Matt Wiggins.”
Bryce Schussel worked four innings, allowing five hits and one earned run. He fanned seven and walked two. Making Bryce Schussel’s assignment simpler was the errorless fielding behind him.
Whittell trailed 2-1 in the fifth inning until successive singles by Olsen, Lee and Bryce Schussel preceded a three-run homer by Gordon. Brett Schussel added some insurance by delivering a two-run single in the sixth inning.
Lee gave the Wolves little to hit in five innings, surrendering three hits while striking out eight.
Whittell, 4-3, opens league play Tuesday at Yerington.
“I don’t know how strong Yerington’s ball club is, but we’re going to play them very hard and we have some momentum going in,” Amaral said.
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