Whittell softball drops close pair against Eureka in doubleheader
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The Whittell softball team played tough in a doubleheader against defending Div. IV Northern League champion Eureka last Saturday — but ultimately suffered a pair of close defeats. The Warriors lost to the Vandals 2-0 and 2-1 in a twinbill at Lampe Park, allowing the visitors to stay undefeated in league play.
In the first game, Whittell (5-7, 2-4 IV Northern) was held scoreless for only the second time this season in a 2-0 loss. Eureka (6-1, 5-0) broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth and added a one in the top of the seventh, enough to prevail in a defensive struggle.
The Warriors managed only three hits in the first game against Eureka starter C.C. Brown — singles from left fielder Tatum Libert, third baseman Eva Fuller and first baseman Jordyn Becker. Starter Kelsey Kjer threw a complete game in the loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits — the junior struck out six and walked three.
In the second game, Whittell fell by a narrow 2-1 margin. Eureka scored the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the top of the seventh and the Warriors were unable to rally — with runners on first and third, center fielder Daria Sharon hit a ground ball to Eureka’s shortstop, who got the force at second base to end the game.
Eureka opened the scoring in the top of the first, and Whittell tied the game three innings later. A one-out triple from Fuller in the bottom of the fourth scored shortstop Ali Copsy to make it 1-1 — and the game remained tied until the seventh.
Whittell had six hits in the second game led by two from Fuller — she went 2-for-3 with a triple and the team’s lone RBI. Sharon, Becker, Libert and second baseman Kaitlyn Kjer had a hit apiece in the loss.
Kelsey Kjer started again for Whittell in the second game, and lasted 2.1 innings — she allowed one run on two hits with a walk. Madison Idso closed out the game, allowing one run in 4.2 innings of relief — the sophomore struck out seven, walked one and allowed five hits.
Whittell returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Coleville (9-3, 3-2) in a doubleheader at Lampe Park. The first game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.