Playoff preview? Warriors, Serpents split
The Whittell High softball team split a key doubleheader with Hawthorne on Saturday, staying in fourth place in the Northern 2A standings.
The Warriors are a close match with fifth-place Hawthorne as they won the opener 8-7 and dropped the second game 4-3. The loser of each game had a chance to win in its final at-bat but neither could finish a comeback.
Kaitie Green pitched both games for Whittell (12-12 overall), striking out nine while walking only one.
Green gave up three runs to open the doubleheader, but the Warriors answered back with six runs in the fourth inning and took an 8-3 lead into the seventh. Hawthorne scratched across four runs in the final inning but fell just short of tying the game.
The Whittell bats fell silent in the second game. Down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Whitney Gielow slammed a two-run single and made it to second base with two outs and slugger Anna Kingman at the plate. Kingman flew out deep to center field to end the game.
If the standings stay the same, Whittell and Hawthorne would play in the first round at regionals.
Reno sweeps Vikings
The South Tahoe High swimming team was swept by Reno High on Saturday to end the regular season.
The Vikings’ boys and girls both were beaten decisively, with the boys falling 171-94 and the girls going down 194-91.
Zack Powers claimed the lone South Tahoe win on the boys’ side in the 100 breaststroke. The Huskies took the top three places in the 100 and 200 freestyle events.
While the score was worse for the South Tahoe girls, they did get two more wins than the boys. Melissa Anstett won the 200 individual medley and Natalie Turner took the 100 freestyle, and the two teamed up with Lauren Falls and Jorie Turner to win the 200 medley relay.
The swimming regionals will be held May 14-15 at Carson City Aquatic Facility.