Warriors dismantle Mustangs
The Whittell Warrior baseball team continued to improve its season’s record with two more wins during the weekend.
The Warriors took both ends of their doubleheader at Lovelock, 22-0 and 21-2.
In the first game, Whittell senior Brandon Lee threw a sparkling four innings, striking out 11 and only surrendering one hit.
The Warriors pounded the ball all day. WHS had 17 hits, scoring seven runs in the first inning, two in the third and nine in the fourth to roll to the blow-out win.
“Needless to say, they were outplayed,” Warrior manager Don Amaral said.
Almost all the Whittell hitters got into the act, as Thomas Hunter went 4 for 5 with three runs batted in; Matt Olsen was 2 for 2 with a RBI and four runs scored.
Lee was 1 for 3 with three runs scored, Chris Hannum was 2 for 5 with four RBIs, while Tyson Fredericks went 2 for 4, with Brett Schussel 2 for 3 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs, Ian Jacobsen was 1 for 3 with three RBIs and Joe Piccola was 1 for 3 with three runs scored.
Piccola pitched the final inning of both games, striking out three, while pitching shutout ball.
“That’s Amaral baseball, throw strikes and get ahead of the batters,” Amaral said. “Joe’s throwing the ball very well right now.”
In the second game, it was more of the same thing for the Warriors as Hannum pitched four innings with two strikeouts and one walk.
He also went 3 for 5 from the plate with four RBIs; Fredericks was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
But it was Lee who provided the big pop for Whittell by going 2 for 2 with four runs scored, two RBIs and a home run.
Olsen had four walks and scored four runs, while Hunter was 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and Piccola was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and a RBI.
The Warriors continue league play on Tuesday when they host Incline at Lampe Field at 3 p.m. before heading to Tonopah on Saturday for a doubleheader.
Warriors open league with a pair of wins
Whittell softball is starting to like 2A softball a lot more than 3A. The Warriors opened league play with a doubleheader pounding of the Lovelock Mustangs, 21-11 and 17-10, Saturday in Lovelock.
“On the bus, we talked and decided that coming away with a split would be great,” Warrior manager Lindsay Wines said. “It was great (to win both) because we didn’t play a picture-perfect game.”
In the opening game of the twinbill, Whittell scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
Meredith Shaw, who opened the season with a no-hitter, continued her mastery on the mound by pitching in both ends of the double dip.
Stephanie Evans paced the Warriors at the plate by going 1 for 3 with five RBIs, three coming on a bases-clearing double in the first.
Erin Silver and Maggie Jones anchored the strong defensive play for Whittell with only one error in both games.
Ashley Wines started in the circle for the second game, going three innings. The sophomore held the Mustangs scoreless until the third when she was touched for five runs.
Shaw relieved Wines and the Warriors were down 7-5 heading into the fourth when Whittell erupted for five runs before adding seven more in the final three innings.
Whittell hosts Incline on Tuesday at Lampe Field at 3 p.m. before traveling to Tonopah on Saturday.
South Tahoe gets blanked by Fallon
After going 5-1 in the Carson Preseason Invitational tournament, the South Tahoe Viking baseball team came back to earth Saturday, falling to Fallon 12-0.
“We weren’t prepared to play ,” Viking coach Doug Russell said. “After the success of the Carson tournament, we thought we could play good baseball.
“The guys enjoyed the pats of the back they got and didn’t work hard in practice this week.”
The Vikings had four hits and only two runners reached second base.
South Tahoe’s pitching and defense weren’t very good either as the Vikings committed six errors.
“We misplayed fly balls, booted balls and threw balls away,” Russell said.
Next up for the Vikings is a trip to Carson on Friday and a doubleheader at Hug on Saturday.
Vikings continue to struggle at plate
The South Tahoe Viking softball team didn’t find its hitting stroke until it was too late as it dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Elko, 6-0 and 10-2, on Saturday in Elko.
In the first game, the Vikings just couldn’t figure out the Indian pitcher as they had 13 fly outs in the game.
After the first two innings, when the Indians scored all six runs, South Tahoe held them scoreless, but it was too little too late.
The Vikings only managed two hits with Tammy Cowen getting both of them.
“We just had trouble hitting the ball,” Viking manager Rich Barna said.
In the second game, however, the Vikings found their stroke as they scored two runs on eight hits.
The Vikings scored in the first inning when Kendra Terry opened with a single and went to second on a hit and run before scoring on a single by Vanessa Porter.
In the sixth, the Vikings got their other run when Porter walked and went to third on a single by Corrine Edwards before scoring on a double steal.
The Vikings are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to Wooster to take on the Colts.
“We’ll have to play incredible defense because they can hit the ball like nobody’s business,” Barna said.
Vikings get blown away in Elko
After making a six-hour trip to Elko, the South Tahoe track and field team took on the elements along with Wooster and Elko.
In the 39-degree weather and a stiff wind blowing across the track, senior Jake Hurwitz raced to a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash and a first in the triple jump.
Hurwitz was runner-up to Elko’s Kyle Eklund, who edged the senior by one tenth of a second, 11.43 to 11.44.
But Hurwitz’s leap of 42 feet, 9 1/2 inches was long enough to take home the triple jump title.
“I told Jake not to worry so much about the results because it’s so early in the season,” Viking coach Rick Brown said.
Jeff Cosmi finished second in the1,600 meters with a time of 4:53, while senior Manuel Lomeli, coming back from a leg injury, was fourth (5 minutes).
In the 2-mile, Hudson Wilvers was third with a time of 10:43.6.
“By the time he ran his race the wind was howling pretty doggone hard,” Brown said. “It probably took two or three seconds off each lap.”
The girls only took nine competitors because of a combination of sickness, cheerleading competition and a basketball camp in Las Vegas.
Jackie Marshall was third in the 200 meters (29.2), fourth in the long jump (14 feet, 1 inch) and third in the 400 (68.08).
The track team will next be in action on Friday for the Wooster frosh/soph invitational and Saturday for the Fallon Invitational.
South Tahoe boys sink Galena
The South Tahoe boys swimming team notched its first victory of the young season with a win over the Galena Grizzlies Saturday.
Led by the strong swimming of David Quandt, who qualified for zone in the 100 breaststroke with a time of one minute 24.95 seconds, the Vikings handed Galena a 126-108 defeat.
Eric Gallanty finished first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:24.95, while the South Tahoe ‘A’ 200 medley relay team was also first with a time of 2:02.28.
The girls were led by Lisa Anton, who finished first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:32.84 and Jessica Tinlin, who won the 100 back with a time of 116.25.
The Vikings will next hit the water on Saturday when they take on McQueen.
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