Warriors turn triple play, score rare division win
Coming off a seldom-seen division win on Monday, the Whittell High baseball team turned an equally rare triple play in a doubleheader loss against North Tahoe on Tuesday in Reno.
Relief pitcher Joe Piccola started the fourth-inning triple play by making a diving catch of a popped up bunt, then threw to first to double off that runner. An ensuing throw to second base completed the unusual triple play.
“It was great. The other coaches were even amazed,” said Whittell coach Doyle Wilson.
The Warriors, however, weren’t as lucky on the scoreboard as the Lakers won, 8-6 and 14-4.
Whittell dominated the first game, taking a 4-0 lead on two-run doubles by Thomas Hunter and Brandon Lee. The Warriors enjoyed a 6-3 lead until the sixth when Mateo Diaz bashed a game-winning grand slam.
Piccola, Lee and Bryce Schussel led Whittell’s 11-hit attack with two safeties.
The Lakers again fell behind in the first inning, 3-0, but reached opposing pitcher Matt Olsen for nine runs in the first two frames.
Whittell had four hits as the game ended after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
On Monday, Schussel scattered 10 hits and there were a season-high 18 hits behind him as the Warriors broke into the division win column. Brett Schussel, the younger brother of Bryce, returned from a shoulder injury while skiing to lash out four singles. Trent Gordon also delivered four hits, while Lee and Hunter contributed three. Two of Hunter’s three hits were doubles.
“We were at full strength for the first time all year and we had our best game of the year,” Wilson said.
Whittell, which eclipsed last year’s win total with its 4-7 record, plays Mangoue in a doubledip on Saturday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
The hits were finally coming and Whittell High pitcher Aurora Terry was stirring up a spring breeze in Gardernville on Tuesday afternoon. Everything was in place for the Warriors’ first win. Everything except a cooperative Incline team.
The Highlanders scored four runs in the sixth inning to rally for an 8-6 win and went on to sweep the Warriors in a Nevada 3A Division II softball doubleheader on Tuesday in Gardnerville.
Whittell wasted two-hit performances by Stephanie Evans, Ashley Berns and Erin Silver and 12 strikeouts by Terry.
Terry also pitched the second game, a 12-1 defeat, to fan five more batters. She also contributed three of the Warriors’ six hits.
We had our best game o f tyear, we pretty much had everybody on track on our team, we had only one person on team, everon else off injury, one guy back entire season.
Bryce Schussel scattered 10 hits, only struck out one. all three runs unearned.
18 hits season-high,
Brett Schussel, younger brother, been injured all season shoulder inuury from season went 4 for 5, all singles; Trent Gordon, 4 for 5, two RBIs, with a double; Brandon Lee 3 for 4 with 1 double, three RBIs and Thomas Hunter, two RBIs, 3 for 4, two doubles.
“we’re at full strength for the first time all year.”
scored five runs in second inning and four in the third.
Nonleague doubleheader against NT at Governor’s Bowl.
Today wasn’t quite as good.
Jumped ahead 4-0 in first, two doubles, Thomas and Lee, two-run doubles.
NT run in first, two in second, whittell two in fourth for 6-3 and led going inot sixth, at point thomas tired, brought in Joe Piccola to pitch in fourth and with couple e rrors loaded the bases, for first time, someone hit true homer off of us. Diaz, sophomore, 7-6, added a run
pulled off a triple play in fourth inning. Joe with runners on first and second, batter tried to bunt popped up, made a diving catch, threw it to first doubled runner and runner off second didnt’ get back.
“It was great. the other coacehs were even amazed.
It was the closest game we had all year, but being up 6-3 really let the wind out of our sails.”
Piccola had two hits, both singles; brandon Lee double and single; Bryce Schussel had two singles.
North Tahoe won second game, only four hits, lost 14-4, jumped ahead 3-0 in first inning, started Matt Olsen, having control problems, five runs in first and four in second.
Brandon Lee and Thomas Hunter finished up.
10-run rule after six.
Record: 4-7, league 1-3 in league
play saturday against Lampe at Manogue. won more games this year than we won all last year, so we’re happy to get beyond that.
secodn game at Lampe May 3.
First game lost 8-6
Whittel was ahead 5-4 but they scored four in bottom of the sixth inning highlighted by catcher Paynter two-run double.
The Warriors had a big fifth inning, down 4-1 going into fifth, scored four runs – Aurora Terry led off with a single, the stoel two bases and Meredith Shaw was hit by apitch, stephanie Evans knocked in two runs. then Ashley Berns knocked in two more.
Evans was 2 for 3, Berns 2 for 3, Erin Silver 2 for 3.
Terry pitched 12 strikeouts, 17 for the day in 11 innings work.
game 2, Incline 12-1
Erin SIlver tripled which scored Tera Hordzwick who had walked in the fourth inning.
OUr biggest problem was little bit slower than nomrma, a lot of girls way out in front of her and poppoing up.
Thompson. pitched both.
Aurora started both games.
0-8 Whittell, 0-5 in division.
on Saturday against Manogue.
“auroa 17s ks was a nice performane on any leve. I was impressed with stephanie evans, 2 for 3, catcher def probably the best two games she had all year. four passesd balls all day, best she’s done all eyar in that position.
second game, Aurira 3 for 3 of six hits. First triple all year.
“We almost got it today, but they got those four runs,” wines said.
When you’re six and seven hitters are hitting home runs and you’re three, four and five hitters are getting the base hits, there’s not much you can do to keep a team down.
Chris hannum threw well and found a tight zone.
Lee. I played with him before and faced him before in Tahoe.
Bobby Lee: “It feels great. I liked it.
“I don’t know how many two-out runs we had, but I know that was a key to it,” Baker said.
Hannum: He did a nice job. He gets a few more defensive plays, it’s a little closer game. He pitched better than the score reflected.
“In baseball it’s not like basketball where you get two conference games a week. Baseball you have four conference games a week, so every inning you can save on your pitcher I appreciate, whether I’m on the up end or the down end. You don’t want to burn another guy for two more innings.
He hasn’t skipped a bit. He actually has some of the best hands on our team in terms of hand speed to bat speed. So there hasn’t been too much of an adjustment.
That kid has probably played more baseball than some of the kids we’ve got.
playign everywhere, catcher, outfield, second base. He’s a great kid to have because he can fill in . Your best catcher goes down, he can step in and do that, your best outfielder goes down he can step in and do that, he can play second base.
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