Warriors do some whipping of their own
What can a team possibly do for an encore to a 36-4 whipping?
Behind the five-hit pitching of Meredith Shaw and near-flawless fielding, the Warriors bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Incline by routing Virginia City 14-4 in six innings Tuesday in Virginia City.
“It’s a great morale booster for our kids,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “We did a lot of things really well that hurt us last Thursday. We were aggressive on the bases, and it was a really positive experience for Meredith. It was nice to see her come back strong.”
Shaw blanked the Muckers into the fourth inning and finished with nine strikeouts and four walks.
“She struggled a little bit in the sixth inning,” said Wines, pointing to the nine-batter Muckers rally. “But she came back and struck out two of the last three batters. She was in control from the first pitch.”
Whittell, which put the game away with a nine-run fifth inning, made most of its breaks with aggressive baserunning. Stephanie Evans stole a team-high seven bases, but Virginia City also had trouble stopping Whittell’s other runners. Ashley Wines swiped four bases, and Ashley Berns and Erin Silver stole three each.
Evans continued to swing the bat well, collecting three singles in four trips to the plate. Jocelyn Mata cracked two hits, including a single, which, coupled with three Virginia City overthrows, enabled the Warrior to circle the bases. Evans and Kathy Kiger produced RBI singles during the nine-run fifth. The Muckers helped send 15 Warriors to the plate with seven walks.
Lindsay Wines was also pleased with the catching of Caitlin Fagan and the fielding of third baseman Maggie Jones.
Whittell (2-8) resumes Nevada 3A Division II play against Yerington on Tuesday at home. The Warriors practice at Zephyr Cove Park for the first time today and hope to play the remainder of their home games there.
“It would be nice because last year, we only had one game at Zephyr Cove Park,” Wines said.
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