Warriors qualify for playoffs
The roller coaster of a regular season continued on Friday for the Whittell High softball team, but it ended with a trip to the postseason – sort of.
Whittell split a Northern 2A doubleheader with North Tahoe at Zephyr Cove Park, which left the Warriors and Lakers tied for the fourth-and-final regional playoff berth with identical 3-7 league records.
The two teams will meet this week at a neutral site, with the winner advancing to Friday’s Northern 2A regional tournament. WHS coach Rich Barna should know today when and where the play-in game will occur.
“I am not packing for zone just yet,” Barna said. “I expected North Tahoe to be real close with us, so when they beat us 9-6 in the first game, it didn’t surprise me. But for us to 10-run them in the second game gives us condifence. It was pretty exciting stuff.”
In the first game, Justina Pritzker struck out nine batters in the loss. She also contributed two singles, while Abby Kingman smacked two home runs – her first homers of the season – and added a single.
The Warriors (9-17) exploded offensively in the second game, totaling 13 hits in a 16-6 victory in a game that lasted five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Kingman went 3 for 3 with a double, while Marissa Besson added a triple and Pritzker a double.
NTHS baseball sweeps Whittell
The Whittell baseball team only mustered a combined six hits against North Tahoe on Friday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, with the Lakers winning the first game of a Northern 2A doubleheader 20-7 and the second one 19-2.
The Warriors trailed only 9-7 after six innings in the first game but allowed 11 runs in the seventh inning. Whittell left 11 runners on base and got hits from Alex Potnick, Darrel Altman and Matt Schorr.
In the second game, North Tahoe led only 4-2 through five innings before scored 15 runs in the sixth inning. Schorr, Alex Vogt and Carter Amaral all had hits for the Warriors, who finish the season 8-19 overall and 2-10 in league.