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Whittell nine struggles at Wooster

Steve Yingling

Don Amaral had trouble explaining why his Whittell Warriors booted the ball around on Monday afternoon in Reno.

The Whittell Warriors stepped up two classes to play Northern Nevada 4A power Wooster and committed nine errors in a 12-2 nonleague baseball defeat.

“We were just nervous,” Amaral said. “We were just in awe … it’s a first-class operation there. We’ll look to make a better representation of ourselves when we play Carson on April 5.”

The fielding miscues followed some slick glovework over the weekend when the Warriors went three games without an error.

The errors made it rough on Whittell starter Chris Shapiro, who gave up seven runs – only two of which were earned. Shapiro allowed six hits and struck out six.

“In three of the four innings we had to get five outs,” Amaral said. “We just buttered the ball in the infield.”

The Warriors also struggled at the plate against a pitch they don’t normally see at the 2A level.

“Their pitcher was throwing a split-fingered fastball,” Amaral said of Wooster starter Ryan Gable.

Jeff Young rapped two hits for the Warriors and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.

“We weren’t aggressive at the plate and were were taking far too many pitches,” Amaral said.

The Warriors (3-2) will play at Smith Valley at 3 p.m. today.

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