Schussel fans 10, but Warriors lose division opener
Your starting pitcher fans 10 and you load the bases in each of the first two innings.
Sounds like a winning formula, right?
It wasn’t for Whittell High on Tuesday afternoon in Yerington. Despite 10 strikeouts from Bryce Schussel, the Warriors lost their 3A Division II baseball opener to Yerington 10-0.
“He really pitched a nice game, but he didn’t get a lot of support on defense and that killed us,” said Whittell skipper Doyle Wilson.
A makeshift Warrior squad committed 10 errors. Only 10 Warriors suited up as a combination of illnesses, injuries and deficient grades diminished their lineup.
Yerington was fortunate to lead 1-0 after two innings. Whittell loaded the bases in the first and two innings but couldn’t score. The Lions broke the game open with three-run third, fifth and sixth innings.
Trent Gordon lashed two hits for Whittell (3-3 overall). The Warriors play at Dayton on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Lindsay Wines was grateful to the opposing manager who took it easy on her Warriors on Tuesday in Yerington.
The Yerington Lions took their full cuts for only two innings in a 11-0 softball rout of Whittell in the 3A Division II opener for both schools.
“It was a very class act, and my kids have bunt defense covered now,” said Wines, referring to Yerington’s sporting decision to only bunt after taking an 11-0 lead after two innings.
Sarah Van Cleemput, who pitched the five-inning distance, cracked Whittell’s lone hit. Aurora Terry reached base on an error in the first inning but was thrown out trying to steal second base.
Whittell never got a runner past first base.
Whittell, 0-4 overall and 0-1 in division play, travels to Dayton for a 3 p.m. division contest Thursday.
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