Lee pitches Warriors past Highlanders
GARDNERVILLE – The right arm of Brandon Lee is quickly becoming something to reckon with in Nevada 2A baseball.
The Whittell High senior pitcher has 21 strikeouts in his last 11 innings pitched, with 10 of them coming Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Incline Highlanders at Lampe Park.
“He’s throwing very well right now,” Warrior manager Don Amaral said. “He only went to a three-ball count twice all day.”
Lee attributes his success to his battery mate Brett Schussel.
“My curve is working well right now, but it’s Brett’s ability to know what I’m going to throw,” the senior said. “I’ll grip the ball the way I want to throw it before the pitch is called and Brett will call the same pitch I was thinking.”
The Warriors rode both the strong arm and bat of Lee to the win. Not only did the right-hander throw a complete game, he accounted for two of Whittell’s five runs.
In the first inning, senior Chris Hannum opened the game with a ringing double and scored one batter later on Joe Piccola’s first run batted in of the day.
Lee then drove Piccola in when he blasted a triple off the fence. Lee scored on a wild pitch to give the Warriors an early 3-0 lead.
Piccola drove in his second run when he pushed Hannum across with a single in the fourth. Hannum reached base with a single before stealing both second and third.
Lee manufactured the fourth run for the Warriors in the fifth inning when he singled with one out. He then stole second, upending the Highlander shortstop and causing him to fly four feet in the air as the throw sailed into center field.
He rounded third and scored before the throw home.
“Coach gave me the sign to go, but their pitcher switched to a slide step so I had to wait,” Lee said. “I was thinking I had to go in hard because I wanted to break up the throw.
“I didn’t realize how high he flew until after.”
The only Highlander run came in the fourth when two fly balls caused the Warrior outfielders some trouble.
Incline opened with a single to right field, but it quickly turned into a double when the ball took a awkward bounce past the Whittell fielder.
One batter later, a fly ball to left was misplayed and went all the way to the fence, allowing a Highlander to score and sending the batter to second.
But that was as close as the Highlanders would get as Lee shut them down the rest of the way to keep the Warrriors (3-0) undefeated in league.
The Warriors travel to Tonopah on Saturday for a doubleheader with the Muckers.
IHS 0 0 0 1 0 -1
WHS 3 0 0 1 1 -5
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