Warriors give Incline a tougher go
Two weeks ago, the Whittell High softball team lost to Incline 13-0 for its first loss. It was the kind of one-sided defeat that can send a team spiraling for the remainder of the season.
Naturally, the Warriors were excited for a chance at redemption in their rematch with the first-place Highlanders on Tuesday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
Stephanie Evans lashed four of the Warriors’ 12 hits, but Incline pulled out the Northern Nevada 2A League win 12-10 with a four-run rally in the sixth inning.
“I was very pleased with the way that we played,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “Last time, I was disappointed in the way we played; this time, I was disappointed that we lost.”
Whittell, 2-4, led 5-3 after three innings and 9-8 going into the sixth. But Incline scored four runs with two outs to pull out the victory.
“We had two difficult innings in the fourth and sixth where they scored five and four runs, respectively,” Wines said. “But the kids came back and played hard and stayed in the game. They realize that they can play with anybody in this league.”
Winning pitcher Melissa Gilbert, who two-hit the Warriors last time, didn’t fool Whittell this time. Besides her four hits, Evans scored three runs and knocked in two. Also for Whittell, Maggie Jones was 2 for 4 with a triple, Sara Piccola 2 for 4, Erin Silver 1 for 3, Meredith Shaw 1 for 4, Ashley Wines 1 for 4 and Ashley Berns 1 for 4.
Shaw took the loss, allowing 11 hits to the Highlanders.
Whittell will try to even its league record during a doubleheader with Lovelock on Saturday in Gardnerville. The Warriors swept the Mustangs earlier in the season.
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