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.
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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.
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