Whittell softball closes league play with forfeit win against Sierra Sage Academy, earns top seed for regionals | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell softball closes league play with forfeit win against Sierra Sage Academy, earns top seed for regionals

Anthony Gentile
Whittell senior Kelsey Kjer throws a pitch in the Warriors’ league game against Sierra Sage Academy on Thursday, May 5, at Zephyr Cove Park.
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ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell softball team capped Div. IV West League play with a rain-soaked forfeit victory Thursday, May 5. The Warriors beat Sierra Sage Academy at Zephyr Cove Park in a game called due to inclement weather, a result that secured the league’s top seed in the regional tournament.

“Every game we have gotten better and better and better — pitching, catching, fielding, base running and mentally,” Warriors coach Kelly Megee said. “They’ve gotten so much better and they know it too.”

Rain started to fall at the start of Thursday’s contest, forcing both teams to battle sloppy conditions. Whittell (7-5-2, 7-1 IV West) erased a five-run deficit to take an 11-5 lead in the first inning — then play was suspended and the winless Rams ultimately decided to forfeit and give the Warriors a seventh straight win.

“We decided with the weather we didn’t want anybody to get hurt — it was better to call it,” Megee said. “We talked with their coaches, and if they wanted to make up the game we were more than happy to next week.”

In its home finale, Whittell honored its five seniors — Jordyn Becker, Kelsey Kjer, Madison Malone, Aliza McLey and Daria Sharon. The Warriors senior group celebrated after the win with a wet, muddy trip around the bases on their home field.

“They’re a great group of seniors and I’m very, very happy that I got to coach them,” Megee said. “It’s awesome to see these girls grow. I’ve only known them for three months, but they’ve become like little sisters. I want the best for each and every one of them and I can’t wait to see what they do after high school.”

On Wednesday, May 4, Whittell rolled to a 25-0 win at Virginia City. The Warriors put together back-to-back nine-run innings en route to a second win over the Muckers in five days.

“Our bats were there,” Megee said. “The girls were picking the right pitches and their selection was on point.”

Junior Madison Idso scattered two hits over 5.0 scoreless innings against Virginia City. Idso struck out four and walked three in the win.

“Idso was lights out,” Megee said. “She was hitting her spots and the girls couldn’t touch her.”

Whittell closes the regular season Tuesday, May 10, at South Tahoe — first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Warriors begin postseason play in the double-elimination Div. IV Northern Region tournament Friday, May 13, at Carlin (Nev.).

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