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Piccola double trouble for Muckers

Steve Yingling , Tribune Sports Editor

Joe Piccola cracked three doubles and Bryce Schussel pitched a complete game as Whittell High downed Virginia City 16-6 in baseball Tuesday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Piccola also singled and knocked in four runs for the Warriors, who improved to 2-2. Berret Terry supplied three singles and Trent Gordon hit a run-scoring triple and scored three times for the winners.

Schussel struck out eight to earn his second complete-game victory this season.

“They did a good job. We were quite depleted with only nine players on Saturday in the Lovelock Tournament, but today we had a lot of our starters back and it really helped a lot,” said first-year coach Doyle Wilson.

Whittell will meet Squaw Valley Academy in a doubleheader Saturday at Lampe Park.

Warriors lose tough one

Virginia City High scored twice on passed balls in the seventh inning to pull out a 16-15 softball victory over Whittell on Tuesday in Virginia City.

Whittell owned a 15-9 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but four walks led to five Muckers runs. Then came the two-run rally in the seventh inning, giving the Muckers the nonleague victory.

Despite the loss, the Warriors belted the ball all over the field, finishing with 31 hits. Freshmen Stephanie Evans, Ashley Berns and Erin Silver combined for 13 hits.

Whittell starting pitcher Sarah Van Cleemput rapped out five hits and Georgia Novotny collected three hits.

“It was a tough loss. We kind of struggled with our pitching and there were a couple of mental error,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.

Novotny made the Warriors’ defensive play of the game, catching a fly ball and pegging out a runner at first base.

The Warriors, 0-3, will open their Nevada 3A Division II schedule Tuesday in Yerington.

Lady Vikings earn first win of season

Jill Barna slammed a two-run triple and Missy Johnson tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts as South Tahoe High’s softball team broke though with its first win in the second game of a doubleheader with Lowry on Tuesday in Gardnerville.

Barna’s triple tied the score at 2, then she gave the Vikings some insurance with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, making the score 5-3.

Kathryn Baer contributed two hits for the Vikings, who are 1-8, including 1-5 in the Northern Nevada League.

“The upperclassmen have been hitting the ball hard, but we just can’t catch a break. But the other kids just took up the slack today,” said Viking coach Jan Johnson.

Lowry won the opener, 6-3, despite a complete-game seven-hitter by sophomore hurler Vanessa Porter.

Tammy Cowen doubled twice and knocked in two runs to lead a five-hit Viking attack. Corrine Edwards, Kendra Terry and Heather Roderick accounted for the other Viking hits.

South Tahoe plays at Galena on Friday.

Vikings leave win on bases

South Tahoe High outhit Lowry 15-10, but the Buckaroos won where it counts – in the run department – 11-8 in a Northern Nevada League baseball game Tuesday in Winnemucca.

Many of the Viking hitter enjoyed productive days at the plate, including Tim Sprinkles, 4 for 4 with a double; Clay Giffin, 3 for 5 with a triple; Chris Hannum, 3 for 4 with a double; Thrace Ramsey, 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs and T.J. Prevost with a double.

Lowry led 9-1 after four innings, but the Vikings battled back to within 9-8 in the sixth inning.

STHS playS at Galena on Saturday.

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