Whittell baseball sweeps Carlin, remains unbeaten in league
CARLIN, Nev. — The Whittell baseball team bounced back from its first losses of the 2015 season in convincing fashion last Saturday. The Warriors swept Carlin in a road doubleheader 16-6 and 21-6, wins that kept them undefeated in Div. IV Northern League play.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Whittell (18-2, 9-0 IV Northern) rode big first and second innings to a 16-6 victory. The Warriors scored 11 runs in the top of the first and sent 16 batters to the plate before Carlin (0-17, 0-9) took its first at-bat.
In the Warriors’ 11-run first, Kai Mangiaracina had a single, double and four RBIs while Nic Buchholz hit a pair of doubles and produced three RBIs. Peyton Galli had an RBI double with Colton Ruby and Jake Sharp adding run-scoring singles.
Carlin scored three runs on an error and three singles in the bottom of the first, then Whittell’s offense went back to work. The Warriors scored five runs in the top of the second on an error and double from Osvaldo Reyes-Lucero followed by consecutive RBI singles from Ruby, Galli, Mangiaracina and Sam Berry.
The Warriors did all their scoring in the first two innings of the first game, and it ended up being enough to 10-run rule the Railroaders. Carlin scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth, but couldn’t get closer than double digits.
Mangiaracina had a team-high four hits and four RBIs in the win, finishing 4-for-4 with a double and two runs — Ruby went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs. Four Whittell players had two hits apiece against Carlin — Buchholz was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs, Galli went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs, Berry finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Reyes-Lucero was 2-for-3.
Galli started and threw 3.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) with three strikeouts and no walks. Buchholz pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing three runs (one earned) on one hit with four strikeouts and three walks.
Whittell completed a sweep of Saturday’s twinbill with a 21-6 win in the second game. The Warriors scored in all five innings of the victory — including five-run frames in the second and fifth — to win their ninth straight league contest.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning before Whittell broke the game open. The Warriors scored six runs on four hits — including a three-run double from Ruby and RBI singles by Galli and Mangiaracina — to take an 8-2 lead.
In the top of the third, run-scoring singles from Ruby and Galli were part of a five-run frame that extended the Warriors’ lead to 13-2. Carlin scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, but Whittell responded with three runs in the next half-inning — the scoring came courtesy of an RBI single from Troy Libert and a Buchholz two-run single.
The Warriors punctuated their victory with a five-run fifth inning. Sharp knocked in a pair of runs in a frame that included RBIs from Quinn Kixmiller, Buchholz, Galli and Ruby — the sophomore’s sixth of the contest.
Ruby’s six-RBI performance included two hits and two runs — Galli collected a team-high three hits in the second game, finishing 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Buchholz went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs, Kixmiller finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and four runs and Mangiaracina was 2-for-4 with an RBI — Sharp had a hit, two RBIs and four runs while Libert went 1-for-2 with an RBI and three runs.
On the mound, Ruby struck out 11 in a five-inning complete game to cap the doubleheader. He allowed four earned runs on five hits with four walks.
Whittell returned to action Tuesday in a nonleague game at Pyramid Lake. The Warriors resume league play Saturday when they travel to Mineral County for a doubleheader — the first game is scheduled to start at noon.
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