Warriors roll into playoffs
The Whittell High baseball team finished the regular season with a flourish, beating up on rival Incline 11-3 and 17-4 in a doubleheader on Saturday in Incline Village.
Although the Warriors cranked out 14 hits in the opener to support a complete game by Chris Shapiro, the thunder really started in the second game.
After falling behind 4-2 in the first inning, Whittell scored 15 unanswered runs in the next four to win on the 10-run rule. Chris Pavich started badly, giving up two walks and two homers to the first four Incline hitters, but settled down after that.
The Warriors collected 20 hits in the abbreviated game. Every Whittell starter got at least two hits, except for Danny Shapiro, who was hit by pitches three times.
Pavich had the big blow in the second game, a grand slam that added to his game-high seven RBIs. Chris Shapiro was 5 for 5, while Pavich, Ryan Gosh and Marcus Mellberg had three hits apiece.
The Warriors (21-12 overall, 10-2 Northern 2A) will spend the week gearing up for the regional playoffs at Battle Mountain. As the second seed, they will receive a first-round bye and open against the winner of Friday’s Silver Stage-Hawthorne matchup on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. A win in that game would put them into the final later that day, most likely against top-seeded Battle Mountain, as well as the state tournament.
“At the start of the season we had three goals: win 20 games, qualify for zone and get hot at the end of the season,” Whittell head coach Don Amaral said. “We’ve done all three. Now bring anybody on. We’re ready to play anyone.”