Whittell softball routs Virginia City 17-0, secures playoff berth
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — For the second straight year, the Whittell softball team is headed to the postseason. The Warriors blanked Virginia City 17-0 at Lampe Park last Friday, April 29, to secure a spot in the regional playoffs.
“That was one of my goals coming in as a new head coach,” Warriors coach Kelly Megee said. “I’m really proud of the girls — they’ve come such a long way and I don’t think they even realize how good they are and how good they’ve become.”
Whittell (5-5-2, 5-1 IV West) rode a pair of big innings to a decisive victory over the Muckers, and pitched its second shutout of the season in the process. The Warriors scored six in the second and put 10 on the board in the fourth en route to a five-inning win.
“It was the overall best game we’ve played as a team so far — defensively, offensively, pitching and base running,” Megee said. “Mentally we were all there, and it was nice to see it all put together.”
The Warriors had 12 hits in the game, led by a 3-for-3 performance from senior Jordyn Becker. The first baseman had a double and two runs as part of the three-hit effort.
Junior Ali Copsy went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs Friday, junior Madison Idso was 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and two runs, and senior Daria Sharon finished 2-for-3 with two runs. Sophomore Lacey Robinson (RBI, two runs), sophomore Kaitlyn Kjer (triple, two runs) and junior Eva Fuller (double, two runs) each added a hit.
“The girls wanted to go after them, and I told them if that was their expectation then it was my expectation of them,” Megee said. “They wanted to go out there and beat them badly.”
In the circle, senior Kelsey Kjer scattered two hits and a walk over 5.0 shutout innings. After a shaky start, the right-hander shut down Virginia City (5-9, 2-4).
“In past games, that first inning is always our struggle inning — it takes us about an inning to get warmed up,” Megee said. “After the first inning, Kelsey was lights out.”
The Muckers’ only extra-base hit came in the top of the third — and was quickly negated by a stellar defensive play. Sharon misplayed line drive in center field, but recovered and fired a strike to Copsy at shortstop — the cut-off quickly got the ball to Idso at third for a tag and the out.
“That was a huge, huge play,” Megee said. “It got the momentum back on our side.”
Now in the postseason, Whittell is battling with Smith Valley for first place in Div. IV West League — both teams currently have one loss in league play. The Warriors wrap up their league slate this week, traveling to Virginia City on Wednesday, May 4, before hosting Sierra Sage Academy on Thursday, May 5, at Zephyr Cove Park — first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
“I think that in these next two weeks of practice we’re going to get even better before we go compete with those teams in zone,” Megee said.