Whittell softball splits doubleheader with Smith Valley in league debut
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — In its league debut, the Whittell softball team delivered mixed results. The Warriors split a home doubleheader with Smith Valley on Friday, April 15, at Lampe Park, bouncing back from defeat with a 15-2 victory in the second game.
“It wasn’t a bad way to start,” Warriors coach Kelly Megee said. “The girls are getting much, much better and it’s nice to see them enjoying the game and having more fun.”
Whittell (2-5-2, 1-1 IV West) fell in narrow fashion in the opener, losing to the Bulldogs 13-12. The Warriors started slow and nearly mounted a late comeback before eventually falling short.
“We put up a great fight,” Megee said. “I was proud of the girls and the way they battled.”
Before stepping to the plate, Whittell fell in a hole in a first inning that included four unearned runs. The Warriors hung with Smith Valley (5-4, 3-1), but still trailed by four headed into the bottom of the seventh.
In its last at-bat, Whittell made it a one-run game — but that’s as close as the Warriors would get. The hosts loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t push another run across to tie the game.
“It was a bummer we didn’t get the win, but it was the first league game and it was great to get that under our belts,” Megee said.
In the second game, the Warriors rebounded to close the twinbill with a 15-2 victory in five innings. A nine-run first propelled Whittell to a lopsided win and split against Smith Valley.
“We came out really strong,” Megee said.
Junior Madison Idso made her third appearance in the circle in the win, throwing 5.0 innings. Senior Kelsey Kjer started the opener, with Idso and her five-pitch arsenal serving as a change of pace in the second game.
“It’s nice to be able to throw them both in there and mix it up a little bit so they’re not getting used to the same pitcher,” Megee said. “Madison has a little more variety and she’s a little bit more consistent with her location.”
Offensively on Friday, Kelsey Kjer, sophomore Kaitlyn Kjer and senior Daria Sharon produced multi-hit performances in each game while junior Eva Fuller had a triple in the first game. In the field, the Warriors committed only one error combined in 12 innings.
“My expectation is to win both games against the other teams we play in league,” Megee said.
Whittell returns to action Wednesday, April 20, at Zephyr Cove Park against Silver Stage (Silver Springs, Nev.) — first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The Warriors resume league play Monday, April 25, with a doubleheader at Coleville scheduled for 1 p.m.
“We get some more games and live hitting — we’re just taking it day by day, and not getting too far ahead,” Megee said. “We’re getting into the more sophisticated, more elite part of the game — taking advantage on the bases and catching the other team slipping on defense.”