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Warriors use long ball to win two in Dayton tourney

It doesn’t matter who the Whittell High nine is playing, the Warriors just seem to rope the ball all over the place.

Monday in Dayton was no different as the Warriors lit up both the Nevada 3A’s Yerington Lions and the Spring Creek Spartans as part of the Dayton Invitational Tournament.

Whittell pounded Yerington 27-5 in five innings and Spring Creek 15-2 in six and have won 14 of its past 15 games.



In the first game, the Warriors put on a home run derby as they blasted four round-trippers.

Seniors Thomas Hunter (two), Brandon “The General” Lee and Chris Hannum all gave balls a seat in the bleachers against Yerington. The Warriors defeated the Lions 4-3 in a comeback win to qualify for state a year ago.



“We pounded the ball,” Warrior manager Don Amaral said. “To sweep a pair of 3A schools is great.”

It seemed as if every Warrior who came to the plate ended up getting a hit. Hannum went 6 for 6 with three runs batted in and six runs scored; and Joe Piccola was 3 for 5, scored four times and knocked in two.

Lee was 3 for 4 with five runs and four RBIs; Matt Olsen was 4 for 5 with three runs and six RBIs; Hunter was 4 for 6 with five RBIs and Ian “Sunshine” Jacobson was perfect, going 2 for 2.

Hannum went four innings, giving up only three base knocks and fanning five.

In the second game against Spring Creek, Lee went five innings, allowing only two hits and punching out 10.

From the plate, Hannum was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and Piccola was 1 for 3 and crossed the plate three times. Lee was 3 for 5 with a double, a tater, five RBIs and scored four times, while Olsen continued to sting the ball, going 1 for 3 with three runs and a pair of RBIs.

Hunter was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored and Brett Schussel was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

The Warriors will take on host Dayton today at 9 a.m. before playing Fallon at 3 p.m. today.


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