Whittell baseball’s unbeaten streak ends at Greenville Tournament
GREENVILLE, Calif. — For the first time this season, the Whittell baseball team has tasted defeat on the diamond. The Warriors won one of three contests against California opposition at the Greenville Tournament last week, including a 9-1 loss to Maxwell (Calif.) last Thursday that ended their unbeaten streak at 15 games.
“All in all I’m happy about the tournament — I think it was just what we needed,” Warriors head coach Devin Ruby said. “We played three pretty good teams from California and the kids were a little rusty after the week off.
“I believe it will help us refocus for the rest of league.”
In its first tournament game, Whittell (16-2) fell to Maxwell 9-1 to end their undefeated start to the season. The Warriors delivered a flat performance against the Panthers, who went undefeated in three tournament games.
“We were just flat and not ready to play,” Ruby said.
After the Warriors opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning, Maxwell responded with nine unanswered. The Panthers produced four-run frames in the second and fifth on the way to handing Whittell its first defeat of the season.
The Warriors were held to one hit — a single by Jake Sharp — and committed four errors in the loss to Maxwell. On the mound, Sharp started and threw 5.0 innings — the senior allowed six earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
Whittell bounced back the following day with a 13-2 win over host Greenville (Calif.), highlighted by a no-hitter from starter Colton Ruby. The sophomore held the Indians hitless over 6.0 innings with eight strikeouts and four walks — both the runs he allowed were unearned.
“Colton was very solid on the mound,” Ruby said.
The Warriors scored in all but one inning of the win, and broke the game open with eight runs over the last three frames. Peyton Galli and Nic Buchholz each finished 2-for-3 in the win — Sharp, Ruby and Chris Evans added a hit apiece.
In its tournament finale last Friday, Whittell started slow and couldn’t come back in a 9-6 loss to Loyalton (Calif.) last Friday. The Warriors trailed 8-0 in the fourth, and their rally eventually fell short against the Grizzlies.
“We got down early but fought back, which good to see,” Ruby said.
Loyalton scored five runs over the first two frames — including a three-run home run off Galli in the first — and added three more in the top of the fourth to take an 8-0 lead. Whittell got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, and added a run in the fifth — trailing 9-4 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Warriors scored twice.
Sharp, Evans and Buchholz had two hits apiece for Whittell against Loyalton — Ruby and Kai Mangiaracina each added a hit. Galli threw 4.0 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks — Buchholz threw 3.0 innings of relief, and gave up a run on one hit with five strikeouts and five walks.
Whittell returns to action Saturday, when it travels to Carlin (0-15, 0-7) for a Div. IV Northern League doubleheader. The twinbill is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
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