Warriors progress in losses to Incline
Losing twice in one afternoon can leave a team feeling down, but Whittell High came away from a regular-season-ending softball doubleheader with Incline with many positives.
Kaitie Green tossed a six-hitter with no walks as the Warriors lost 3-0 to Highlanders in the opener.
In game two, the Warriors rallied from an eight-run deficit for a 12-11 lead, only to lose 13-12.
“These kids come back,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “My girls are playing well and that’s nice going into a tournament that we are playing like we are.”
Whittell (14-14 overall, 5-7 Northern 2A League) will open regional tournament action against Hawthorne at 3 p.m. Friday in Battle Mountain. The winner will play Battle Mountain on Saturday for a spot in the regional finals.
Incline pitcher Breeana Eddy only surrendered a Sasha Silver single in the opening game.
After falling behind 8-0 after two innings, Whittell bounced back with a run in the third, four in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth for a 12-11 lead.
Anna Kingman fueled the comeback by foiling an Incline intentional walk by stepping into a 3-0 pitch and roping it into deep right-center field for a two-run double. She finished with four hits and two RBIs. Tina Hordzwick and Megan Esquivel had two hits and two RBIs and Sara Piccola was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Incline scored twice in the seventh to win it, including one on a controversial hit. Wines said that a ball hit to Silver was foul, but the umpires ruled the ball fair.
A two-out infield single by Tina Kozia scored the decisive run.
Whittell second baseman Katlin Willens made an unassisted double play in the fifth inning and right fielder Tara Humbird made two rally-killing catches. The freshman snagged the third out in one inning with the bases loaded and caught the final out in another with two on.
Incline finished division play with two defeats.