Whittell can’t close the deal
Tribune staff reports
Four-run leads don’t get away from many major league teams late in the game.
But Whittell High didn’t have a fresh, overpowering arm to send into the game against North Tahoe on Thursday in Tahoe City.
The Lakers scored four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to overtake the Warriors 10-9 in a nonleague game.
Behind Whitney Gielow’s three hits and three RBIs, the Warriors led by as many as six runs. After North Tahoe tied the score in bottom of the sixth, WHS went ahead 9-8 on a sacrifice fly by Gielow, which plated Sara Piccola.
But North Tahoe used a walk and three straight hits to push across the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Kaitie Green and Katlin Willens each had two hits and two RBIs for the Warriors. Anna Kingman also collected two hits.
“We did some really good things, but we let some errors get us down,” said WHS coach Lindsay Wines.
Whittell (11-7) plays host to 2002 state champion White Pine in a twinbill at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lampe Park.
The Whittell High baseball team couldn’t hold a late lead and fell 13-7 to North Tahoe High on Thursday.
The Warriors led 7-5 after five innings, but the Lakers answered back with eight runs in the final two innings against a tired Whittell bullpen. The Lakers won the nonleague game despite being out-hit 14-12 and giving up two home runs to Whittell (13-12).
Danny Shapiro hit one of the round-trippers, a massive shot to right-center, while Marcus Mellberg hit the other. Both players finished with three RBIs.
Chris Shapiro and Chris Pavich combined to throw the first three innings for Whittell, but head coach Don Amaral held each to 30 pitches in anticipation of a league doubleheader against White Pines High on Saturday.
“I went five pitchers deep and we just couldn’t hold them,” Amaral said. “I just ran out of pitching.”
Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
Eight-run inning brings down Vikings
South Tahoe High is running out of chances at a Sierra Division win after losing 12-2 to North Valleys High on Thursday.
Starting pitcher Peter Maes allowed three runs in the first inning and the Panthers racked up eight more in the third with the help of two South Tahoe misplays in the outfield.
Craig Spencer and A.J. Russo had RBIs for South Tahoe, while Randy Hensen had two hits.
The Vikings (3-16 overall, 0-12 Sierra) finish the season by hosting a doubleheader against the North Valleys on Saturday and a game against Fallon High on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, South Tahoe’s JV baseball team erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome North Valleys 12-11 on Thursday at Todd Fields.
Garrett Gibb’s misplayed single with the bases loaded scored three runs to make the score 11-10. After Ian Rice was hit by a pitch, Buck Pershing followed with a game-tying single. Pershing then stole second base, forcing an overthrow and allowing Rice to jog in with the winning run.
Pershing led the Vikings with three hits.