Warriors drop game to Smith Valley
A one-inning fielding breakdown kept Whittell High School from being competitive in a 12-2 nonleague baseball loss to Smith Valley on Tuesday in Smith, Nev.
The Warriors committed six errors in the second inning, enabling Smith Valley to score seven runs.
“We needed eight outs to get out of the second inning,” said Whittell coach Don Amaral, whose club struggled to handle groundballs following the Yerington tournament, where fly balls were the nemesis.
Freshman Ian Hasselly collected two of the Warriors’ seven hits, but five stranded runners during the first two innings prevented the Warriors from getting back into the game. Matt Olsen, Brandon Lee, Bryce Schussel and Matt Wiggins each stroked a hit.
“I’m encouraged by the way we’re hitting the ball, and we’ll keep getting better each week,” Amaral said.
Schussel was also impressive in relief of starting pitcher Olsen. He fanned five batters and allowed one hit and one run in two innings.
“He’s throwing the ball well,” Amaral said.
Whittell (2-3) entertains Coleville in an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The Warriors open division play March 21 in Yerington.
STHS beat Douglas 9-3
South Tahoe High’s junior varsity baseball team again relied on solid defense and pitching, and it finally paid off when the offense came around Tuesday.
The Vikings erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to wipe out a one-run deficit and cruise to a 9-3 win over Douglas in Minden.
“Coming out of the gym, you’d think pitching and defense would give us trouble, but our pitching and defense have been keeping us in games so far,” said Vikings manager Matt Tillson.
Jordan Lucas earned the win, pitching the distance, while striking out five and surrendering five hits.
“He was on today,” said Tillson, who also credited Jason VanSooy for calling a good game behind the plate. “His curveball was working well and he was spotting his fastball real well.”
Royce Reardon led the Vikings with three line-drive singles. Justin Osborne belted a key two-run double during the fifth-inning uprising, and Lucas, VanSooy, Tommy Arrajo and Tony Brillante contributed sharp singles for the winners.
The Vikings’ first victory came after two tough defeats to Wooster (6-5 and 7-6 in eight innings) Saturday in Reno and a 7-1 loss at Elko on Monday.
South Tahoe, 1-3, plays at Carson at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
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