Warriors brave harsh conditions to finish second
Learning to play in tough conditions is becoming a premium for the Whittell High boys golf team. And that education appears to be paying dividends, as the Warriors closed the gap with Manogue on Thursday at Dayton Valley Country Club.
Windy, chilly weather greeted the Warriors as they finished second behind the Miners for the third time this season. Manogue totaled 432 strokes to Whittell’s 442, with Incline 463, Mineral County 521, Dayton 523 and Yerington 528.
“That is as close as we’ve come to Manogue in three matches so far this year. It was cold, with the windchill in the low 30s. But we played pretty well,” said Whittell coach Frank Bruno.
WHS junior Dustin Fox ended the day tied for second with an 84. Keith Truswell followed at 86, with Ryan Saloman 89, Lars Hansen 89 and Todd Echan 94. Truswell’s round was impressive, as he posted a 10 on the tough ninth hole before rebounding to shoot 39 on the back nine – the lowest nine-hole total for any player on the day.
The Warriors, after two division and one nondivision match, remain in second place behind the Miners. The top two teams at season’s end continue to the state playoffs.
The Whittell High baseball team took an early lead before falling to Dayton, 12-2 in five innings on Thursday at Dayton.
In the first inning, Joe Piccola singled, stole second and moved to third on a Matt Olsen single. Olsen quickly moved up one sack, setting up runners on second and third with no outs. Trent Gordon responded with an RBI sacrifice fly, scoring Piccola. Olsen also reached home on an error on the play.
But the Warrior lead was short-lived, as just one hit and a combination of errors gave the Dustdevils a 2-2 tie after one inning. Dayton added two more in the second and finished with 11 hits, while Whittell scattered just four hits over the next four innings.
“We know our defense needs some work. It’s something we want to improve on,” said Whittell coach Doyle Wilson, who fielded just a 10-man roster. “We’re expecting to be stronger next week, when we get some kids back from spring break.”
Seniors Mason Kalashian and Pedro Salinas and sophomore Brandon Lee each added singles. It was the first base hit of Kalashian’s season, as both he and Salinas are playing high school baseball for the first time. Olsen threw all but four pitches in his first start of the season, leaving with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. He finished with one strikeout against four walks.
The Warriors (3-4, 0-2 league) aren’t scheduled to play again until April 14, when they host Dayton at Lampe Park.
Hits just aren’t materializing for the Whittell High softball team. After managing only one hit in its last contest, the Warriors were no-hit in a 19-0 loss at Dayton on Thursday.
“The biggest thing with my girls is getting into the batter’s box with confidence. If we don’t, we’re going to continue to struggle,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines, who fielded four freshmen on Thursday.
The Warriors (0-2, 0-5 in league) will take an additional week off after the coming spring break before returning to action against Dayton on April 14.
The South Tahoe High track and field outing at the Fallon Relays on Thursday was canceled. No makeup will be scheduled.
Meanwhile, the South Tahoe High boys golf team’s match at Lowry was canceled due to inclement weather. No makeup will be scheduled.
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