Inexperience hurting Warriors
For two innings the Whittell High softball team started believing it could upset Dayton on Wednesday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. However, two innings later inexperience demonstrated why the Warriors still are winless.
“The first two innings were great and then we fell apart,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines, whose squad fell 18-3 to the Dust Devils but improved upon its 19-0, no-hit loss to Dayton earlier in the season.
“We just had a real rough stretch in the third and fourth innings with throwing errors, and Dayton was very aggressive on the bases.”
Aurora Terry struck out four through two innings as Dayton only led 2-0. But she finished with seven walks and didn’t fan any more batters.
“It’s tough for her when she’s getting the ball across the plate and girls aren’t making plays behind her,” said Wines, who started four freshmen in the infield. “The thing that is hurting us more than anything now is a lack of experience. When balls are hit to them, they aren’t making correct decisions with the ball.”
Terry had two of the Warriors’ three hits and scored two runs. Stephanie Evans had the Warriors’ other hit.
Wines was pleased with the play of freshman first baseman Ashley Berns, who made three unassisted outs and played errorless defense.
Whittell, 0-2 in Nevada 3A Division II and 0-6 overall, meets Incline in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday at Lampe Park.
Dayton didn’t get off two innings early this time.
Whittell High played Dayton tight for five innings, but the Dust Devils erupted for three runs in the sixth and seventh for a 9-1 Nevada 3A Division II baseball victory Wednesday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
“We did better than we have been doing. At least, we didn’t get 10-run ruled this time,” said Whittell coach Doyle Wilson.
Warrior starting pitcher Bryce Schussel struck out the side in the second inning after allowing an inside-the-park homer in the first. Dayton added two runs in the third inning for a 3-0 lead, but Schussel kept the score close until the fateful sixth.
Only four of Dayton’s nine runs were earned.
The Warriors broke up the shutout in the seventh inning on a Brandon Lee double and an overthrow on Kyle Spangola’s ground ball. Thomas Hunter also had a hit in the Warriors’ final at-bat.
A Joe Piccola double and Trent Gordon single accounted for the rest of the Warriors’ offense.
“We really had them checked for a while, but we just have to keep working away and work on our hitting a little bit and we’ll be fine,” Wilson said
Whittell, 3-5 overall and 0-3 in division, will play Incline in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Lampe Park.
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