Lee’s K’s kayo Yerington
Whittell High left 12 baserunners stranded, but strong pitching from starter Brandon Lee and reliever Bryce Schussel rescued a 2-0 Warriors win at Yerington on Tuesday.
“This was a big win for us,” said first-year Whittell head coach Don Amaral, whose Warriors (5-3) already have matched their win total from last season. “They hit the ball, they fielded the ball … we just shut them down.”
In front of Whittell’s error-free fielding, Lee struck out 11 and gave up just three hits over six innings, improving to 3-1 as a starter. Schussel struck out two for the save.
“We just played very well, top to bottom,” Amaral said.
Whittell scored its first run in the top of the second inning and added an insurance score in the seventh. Meanwhile, the pitchers and fielders were shutting down then-once-beaten Yerington’s offense. The Lions couldn’t muster a hit through the first three innings, and only advanced one runner to a base, reversing Yerington’s recent history of 10-run-rule games against Whittell.
“I’m really pleased with the way the kids played,” Amaral said. “They played hard, they played as a team. The bench was in it, everybody was in it.”
Thomas Hunter led Whittell at the plate, going 2-2 and batting in the first run. Trent Gordon hit 2-for-4.
Whittell returns home for its next game, a 3 p.m. Thursday meeting with Incline at Lampe Park. Schussel (1-1) draws the start.
Whittell girls fall in softball
Yerington turned Whittell’s strength – pitching – against the visiting Warriors, scoring five runs in the first inning and cruising to a 12-0 softball win.
With Whittell’s starter, Meredith Shaw, hampered by a wrist injury, Yerington took advantage of its five first-inning walks, taking a 5-0 lead on Whittell. Yerington starter Kendall Castellani struck out nine and gave up just three hits to pick up the win.
“We just weren’t able to hit the ball today,” said Whittell head coach Lindsay Wines. “Defensively, I think we only committed two errors, so we did pretty well.”
Whittell’s tough day at the plate prevented the Warriors from getting back into the game despite a solid performance from relief pitcher Ashley Wines (4 Ks, 5 walks) and good play in the field from Jackie Laurian and Nicole Steffke. Stephanie Evans (2 for 2) and Meredith Shaw (1 for 1) accounted for all of Whittell’s offense.
The Warriors fell to 1-7 on the year with the five-inning loss.
Whittell returns home for its next game, though, a 3 p.m. meeting with Incline at Lampe Park. Whittell already has matched its win total from last season, and Lindsay Wines likes the way her team matches up with the Highlanders.
“I think it’ll be a good game for us,” she said.
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