Lee fans 20 of 22 batters faced
By Matt O’Neill
Brandon “The General” Lee fooled just about everyone Friday afternoon as he struck out 20 of the 22 batters he faced in the Whittell Warriors’ 18-0 and 8-6 doubleheader sweep at Hawthorne.
Lee’s 20 Ks improved his season total to 94, just eight away from his own school record of 102.
“He’s pitching so, so well right now,” Warrior manager Don Amaral said.
While Lee was fooling almost every Serpent at the plate, fellow senior Chris Hannum wasn’t fooled by any pitch in the first game.
Hannum was perfect with the bat, going 5 for 5 and hitting for the cycle, including a Gettysburg Address.
“He just had an enormous game with the bat in the first game,” Amaral said.
For the season, Hannum improved his average to .619 with 24 runs batted in after knocking in six in the opening game of the double dip, giving the Warriors a pair of batters hitting over .600 for the year. Thomas Hunter is the other.
Joe Piccola was 2 for 2 with a RBI and a run scored, while Lee was 2 for 2 with a RBI and three runs.
Thomas Hunter continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with four RBIs and four runs scored, while Tyson Frederick was 2 for 2 with four runs and Matt Olsen was 2 for 3 with two runs and a RBI.
In the night cap, Hannum pitched 4 2/3 innings in the second game, striking out seven, but the Warriors fell behind 2-0 early and had to play catchup the rest of the game.
Lee relieved Hannum for the final 2 1/3 innings to preserve the win and struck out seven.
From the plate, the Warriors continued to sting the ball. Freshman Kyle Olsen went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and a two runs scored, while Lee, Brett Schussel and Hunter all went 2 for 4.
Hannum was 1 for 3 with three RBIs, and Ian “Sunshine” Jacobson was 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored.
The Warriors are now 10-0 in league and are four games up with only six to go.
On Tuesday, Whittell will travel to Incline to face the Highlanders at 3 p.m. before returning home to face the Lovelock Mustangs for a twin bill beginning at 1 p.m. at Lampe Field.
Warriors drop a pair in Tonopah
The Whittell Warrior softball team didn’t help its playoff chances any after dropping both ends of a doubleheader to the Tonopah Muckers, 11-1 and 5-3.
In the first game, the Warriors allowed seven runs in the first inning and were never able to get back into the contest.
“After the first inning, it was a 2-1 game,” Warrior manager Lindsay Wines said. “It’s hard to come back from a deficit like that.”
Steph Evans got the only hit and scored the only run for the Warriors when she opened with a single, stole a base and scored on a throwing error.
In the second game, the Warriors ran themselves out of numerous scoring opportunities.
“We made some pretty big mistakes, running into three outs,” Wines said. “But I was pleased with their defense and fielding.”
A trio of freshmen, who got rare starts in the second game, also pleased Wines. Krystie McDonald, Katlin Willens and Brooke Schussel were all given surprise starts by their manager and performed admirably.
“I was really pleased with the way they played, especially without getting much time before,” Wines said.
Next up for the Warriors is a trip to Incline for a 3 p.m. game on Tuesday before hosting Lovelock for two on Wednesday at Lampe Field beginning at 1 p.m.
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