Schussel Northern 2A co-MVP |

Schussel Northern 2A co-MVP

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Brett Schussel, the only senior starter on Whittell High School’s varsity baseball team, received the Northern 2A League MVP award along with Lovelock’s Jesse Tiel.

Schussel, who averaged .423 in league play at the plate, led the league with 20 RBIs before heading to Hawthorne for the Northern 2A League tournament last weekend, team skipper Don Amaral said.

Refusing to sit out, Schussel played with a sprained ankle.

“(It’s) as good as it’s going to be,” he said before suiting up as catcher against Incline on Saturday. “It’s pretty swollen, but it’s the end of the year and time to play.”

Schussel, the team’s captain, learned he was co-MVP when he arrived for the championships.

“It’s exciting … I had no idea. I knew I had a good season. I was hoping for first-team all-league, but MVP is just … what an honor,” he said.

In 52 at bats, Schussel hit 22 times, scored 13 runs and stole nine bases.

Amaral said only 11 players tried to steal against him. He threw out eight.

In league this year as catcher, he allowed only one wild pitch and one passed ball in 187 pitches in the dirt.

“He did a fabulous job back there,” Amaral said. “In my opinion he was by far the best positional player. No one even came close to him as a catcher.”

Moreover, Schussel called the pitches.

“I didn’t call one pitch the entire season. He’s done it for three years,” Amaral said, including when the Warriors won state last year.

An all-state player last year, Schussel made first-team all-state again this year.

He will attend Azusa Pacific University in Southern California as a freshman next year.

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