Lakers beat Warriors
GARDNERVILLE – The weather was cold, windy and close to miserable.
But the Whittell High baseball team didn’t give up, even when down 7-1 in the second inning. The Warriors scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to notch a respectable 11-6 loss against North Tahoe on Tuesday at Lampe Park.
“I’m an eternal optimist. Even when we were down, I was a big cheerleader in the dugout, trying to get them to comeback,” said Warriors coach Brian Geimer. “I’m encouraged by what I saw. We’re taking steps forward.”
The offer to go into a deep freeze came early for the Warriors, as North Tahoe collected four runs in the first. Freshman pitcher Bobby Lee hit two batters and allowed three hits, while the Lakers stole bases at will.
But Whittell answered in its half. Matt Raab belted a triple over the right fielder’s head before Devon Apocotos collected him with a single to left, cutting it to 4-1.
The Lakers got to Lee again in the second, collecting three more on two hits, two walks, a balk and an error.
“Bobby’s got to learn pitching, not just throwing. He’s a great relief pitcher. Right now, we really need starting pitching and we’re grooming (Lee) for that position,” said Geimer, whose freshman starter soon settled down.
Whittell battled back in the second. Dusty Apocotos scored on a Trent Gordon single. Both Gordon and Lee later touched home on a Lakers’ throwing error, making it 7-4.
Lee got it together in the top of the third and fourth, not allowing a hit while fanning four. But the Lakers blew it open in the fifth, posting four runs on three hits, two walks and two errors. Apocotos came on in the fifth and didn’t allow a hit in six outs of relief work.
The Warriors (1-8) ended the afternoon with two runs. Phil Barnes singled and was pushed to third on a Raab bashed double. Both scored when Apocotos singled.
“We’re putting the bat on the ball. That’s the main concern and what we’re going to work on the most,” said Geimer, whose team wasn’t 10-runned for the first time in six games. “We’ve got a long-term plan for this program. I’m hoping these guys are learning something along the way.”
Raab finished 2 for 4, while Apocotos had two hits and three RBIs. Gordon had two hits with an RBI and Lee added a double.
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