Longhorns sweep Warriors
The scoreboard said “Battle Mountain 12, Whittell 11,” but Don Amaral wasn’t buying it.
“We got beat by inexperience – not hitting cut-off men, letting balls get through the infield, those kinds of things,” the WHS coach said. “We’re just so young and inexperienced. That’s what it comes down to. We had them beat and let them get away with one, a game that would’ve been an enormous win for our team.”
The Warriors took an 11-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game of a doubleheader, but the Longhorns rallied for 10 runs in the sixth to pull out a 12-11 Northern 2A win on Saturday in Battle Mountain. The one-run victory sealed a doubleheader sweep of the Warriors following their 14-5 victory over them earlier in the day.
Nick Shepack and Ben Ward each recorded three hits in the first game. In the second game, Alex Potnick had three hits and two RBI, Carter Amaral added two hits and two RBI, while Connor Ferris went 3 for 4.
Whittell (4-9 overall, 0-4 league) hosts Incline in a nonleague game on Tuesday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The Warriors return to league play on Saturday against Rite of Passage.
‘Horns sweep WHS softball
The Battle Mountain softball team kept Whittell hitless in a Northern 2A doubleheader sweep on Saturday in Battle Mountain. The Longhorns won the first game 17-3 and the second game 20-0.
The Warriors’ three runs in the first game were the result of players getting walked or hit by pitches, then following up with aggressive base running.
“I told them ‘If you can get one, I will get you around,'” said WHS coach Rich Barna. “Our biggest problem was inexperience, but no question Battle Mountain is a very quality team. Even our girls were amazed at how well they played and executed.”
Whittell (4-7 overall, 2-2 league) hosts Incline in a nonleague game on Tuesday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The Warriors beat the Highlanders 3-0 in the Yerington preseason tournament.
Damonte softball shuts down Vikings
Sierra Jett had two hits with a double and Tiffany Racz had a combined two hits in the South Tahoe softball team’s Sierra League doubleheader loss to Damonte Ranch on Saturday in Reno. Moriah Lane also added a hit, while Brittany Barcellos scored both of the team’s runs and stole three bases.
The Mustangs won the first game 11-1 and the second game 21-1. Before the game, the Damonte players gave South Tahoe’s players a patch in memory of Emily Clothier, the STHS student who died in a skiing accident earlier this month. Damonte’s players will also wear the patch throughout the season in honor of Clothier.
“I feel so fortunate to be part of such a wonderful game, and the good people that are associated with softball,” said STHS coach Joann Allister. “It was a wonderful moment … a real tribute to Damonte Ranch coach Tierney Cahill-Bennett and her players.”
South Tahoe (7-7 overall, 3-3 league) plays at Reno on Thursday.
Damonte sweeps STHS baseball
The Damonte Ranch baseball team swept a Sierra League doubleheader from South Tahoe on Saturday in Reno, winning the first game 13-3 and the second game 10-0. Both games ended after five innings.
In the first game, the Vikings went ahead 2-0 in the first inning after Otto Trebotich and Kevin Yelles both scored, but the Mustangs scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning to take control. Ivan Trebotich and Derek Holmgren had hits later in the game. In the second game, Matt Marsh went 2 for 2 with a double to lead South Tahoe, which also got a hit from Gary Prescott.
“We only made one error on the day, but they managed to score 23 runs on us,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson. “They are a very good hitting team. Hopefully we’ll play better next time.”
South Tahoe (7-10 overall, 3-3 league) plays at defending league champion Reno on Thursday.
STHS JVs take series
Melissa Smith pitched two complete games, recording 19 strikeouts, to help the lead the South Tahoe junior varsity softball team to two wins over Damonte Ranch in the past week.
The Vikings beat the Mustangs 8-1 last Thursday, then split a doubleheader with them on Saturday in Reno. In South Tahoe’s 15-3 win in the second game on Saturday, Smith allowed just four hits and struck out eight.
Krissy Guarino collected two hits in the win, while Terra Verebely and Amanda Rives each had a hit. In a 13-9 loss in the first game of the doubleheader, Samantha Harvey and Ashley Killeen both went 2 for 3. In an 8-1 win over Damonte on Thursday, Killeen went 3 for 4 with two doubles.
South Tahoe is 8-4 overall and 5-1 in league.