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Warriors bow out of state softball tournament

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

A quick exit from the Nevada 2A state softball tournament didn’t taint Whittell High coach Lindsay Wines’ most memorable high school sports experience.

“We’re disappointed that we lost, but when the sadness is over, they’re going to realize what a great season we had,” said Wines following an 11-1 defeat to White Pine and a 13-4 elimination loss to Battle Mountain on Thursday in Mesquite. “For me personally, it’s the greatest season I’ve ever been associated with, and as a high school athlete I was part of two zone basketball champions, a zone championship in track and a state title in basketball.”

The Warriors return home today with their first Northern 2A regional softball title and a taste of a state tournament atmosphere.

Fielding and throwing errors contributed to the 10-run loss to White Pine in Game 1.

“We just had some errors at crucial times,” Wines said. “I think they were real nervous. They were making mistakes that they normally don’t make.”

White Pine scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the second to take control. The Warriors’ lone run came home on Stephanie Evans’ single in the first inning. Erin Silver started the rally with a walk and was advanced into scoring position by Ashley Wines.

White Pine left little doubt by pushing across two runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh. Evans finished 3 for 3 at the plate.

After cooling off for 40 minutes in the school’s bus, the Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first against Battle Mountain. Silver walked and Evans was hit by a pitch. Anna Kingman eventually brought home Silver on a sacrifice fly and Sara Piccola plated Evans with an RBI double.

However, Battle Mountain scored four runs in the second inning and three in the third to take the lead for good.

Whittell scored two more runs in the fifth. After Evans singled, Kingman bashed an RBI double. Kingman came home with the team’s fourth run on a passed ball.

Evans hit 1 for 4, Kingman 1 for 3, Piccola 1 for 4, Katlin Willens 1 for 2 and Katie Green 1 for 3.

Whittell finished with a 19-12 record.

“We lose Steph and Erin, and those are enormous shoes to fill, but we plan on being back here next year,” Wines said.


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