Warriors leave Las Vegas with heads held high
The Whittell baseball team came home from the Vegas Easter Classic without a win but with heads held high.
“I have no regrets whatsoever about playing in that tournament,” Whittell head coach Don Amaral said. “The smallest school we played had 800 students and the biggest had 3,300. Against teams like that, I feel like we did pretty well.”
After dropping the opener on Thursday, Whittell (9-10) had two games on Friday. The Warriors lost the first game, 11-5, to Little Rock (Calif.) High but trailed only 7-5 before starter Chris Pavich left the game in the sixth inning.
Whittell ran into a juggernaut in Jordan (Utah) High in the nightcap, managing only two hits off of Jordan pitchers and falling, 12-0, in five innings.
The Warriors’ last game was Saturday morning against Wood River (Idaho) High. Although Sho Kashima and Marcus Mellberg both went 3 for 3, Whittell went down 15-6.
Kashima was a revelation for Whittell, going 9 for 12 at the plate in the tournament despite playing only one game before heading to Las Vegas due to skiing commitments.
“Sho’s a great athlete and having him come in gives me a lot of flexibility,” said Amaral, who played Kashima at outfield and catcher in the tournament. “He’s a good hitter and a great baserunner, so he’s dangerous at the top of the lineup.”
The Warriors fared better in the skills competition. Catcher Tommy Esquivel, who plays center for the Whittell basketball team, finished fourth in the Big Man Run, open to players weighing 200 pounds or more. Ryan Gosh was fifth in the 60-meter race, while Kashima was sixth in the Rounding the Bases race.
Boys’ swim team remains undefeated
The South Tahoe swimming team split their third straight match on Friday against Reed High, with the Vikings girls coming up on the short end as the boys went nearly uncontested.
Reed showed up to the meet with only two male swimmers, making it an easy day for the South Tahoe boys. The Raiders competed in only three events on the way to a 192-19 loss. South Tahoe’s 200-yard freestyle relay team set a new school record with a time of 1:38.46. The South Tahoe boys are 4-0 in league meet, tied for first place with Carson High. The teams meet April 20 in Sparks.
The Reed girls came with a full squad and claimed a 151-127 victory to hand the Vikings their third loss in a row. The Raiders won despite winning only four of the 11 events, their depth pulling them through.
Natalie Turner had an excellent meet for South Tahoe, breaking the school record in the 500 freestyle with a 5:33.00 and winning the 200 freestyle as well. Melissa Anstett (50 freestyle) and Jorie Turner (100 butterfly) also won events for the Vikings.