Whittell High earns a second-place team trophy
South Tahoe High rapped five hits, but had a runner thrown out at the plate and went scoreless for the third straight game in a 6-0 softball defeat to Douglas on Thursday in Minden.
The Vikings, 0-3 in the Northern Nevada 4A League, put runners on base in each of the first four innings while holding Douglas to a single run through three frames. However, a two-out infield error in the fourth inning enabled the Tigers to push across three runs. The umps decided against calling runner’s interference on a ground ball to second base that went through the infielder’s legs. The play allowed one run to score, and the Tigers added two more runs when the catcher’s throw sailed into the outfield on Allie Walling’s successful steal.
“We had three third out errors and that cost us at least four runs,” Vikings manager Rich Barna said.
South Tahoe’s best chance to score came in the third inning. Emily Sullivan singled and was sacrificed to second by Kendra Terry. Tammy Cowen followed with a single up the middle, but center fielder Jeannette gunned a throw to catcher Tasha McCann, catching Sullivan in a pickle between third and home.
“We hit the ball well, they were able to capitalize on their hits and we weren’t,” Barna said.
In the fourth, Stefanie Terry singled with out, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. But Terry was stranded on third as winning pitcher Jodi Gonzales struck out the next two batters.
Vanessa Porter and Melissa Arteer accounted for the Vikings’ other two singles.
Porter worked four innings and took the loss.
Outfielders Tabitha Porter, Libby Bigelow and Sullivan kept the Vikings close with some running catches.
Douglas improved to 1-0 in league and 4-2 overall.
Whittell High earned a second-place team trophy and two individual medals during a Nevada 3A-2A golf tournament Thursday at Dayton Valley Country Club.
The Warriors finished 11 strokes behind winner Manogue. Lowry tied Whittell with 439 strokes, but the Warriors won the tiebreaker for second place because their sixth player, Brian Jones, had a better score than the Buckaroos’ sixth man.
“It was a total team effort. They were really excited about it. They had a good week of practice and it panned out for them,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase.
Incline finished fourth with 450 strokes.
Ryan Salomon finished second overall with a 6-over-par 78. Teammate Keith Truswell also earned a medal with his third-place score of 81.
Manogue’s Andrew Banaldi shot 75 to claim low medalist.
Whittell’s Patrick Flanagan broke into the top 10, finishing eighth with an 87. Parker Fox and Jake Summers accounted for the remaining strokes with their 96 and 97, respectively. Jones carded a key 100.
The Warriors play next Friday at 10 a.m. in Yerington.
The Whittell Warriors baseball team notched its first win of the season Wednesday afternoon as the Warriors pummelled the Virginia City Muckers 13-3.
A trio of pitchers combined for a four hitter. Thomas Hunter, Tyson Fredericks and Chris Hanum struck out eight, while walking one one batter.
The Warriors also found their hitting stroke in the contest with four batter having multiple hits.
Hunter was pertect from the plate, going 4-for-4 with four runs batted in. Hanum and Matt Olsen went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Ian Jacobsen went 2-for-3.
Whittell scored in every inning, but it was the second that broke it open as the Warriors pushed five runs across.
The Warriors travel to Lovelock for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
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