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Whittell softball falls at Hug 12-7 in season opener

Anthony Gentile

RENO, Nev. — In its first game of the 2015 season, the Whittell softball team couldn’t start the campaign off on a winning note. The Warriors lost at Hug (Reno, Nev.) 12-7 in a five-inning game last Friday, undone by a pair of big innings from their Div. I opponents.

Whittell (0-1) opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning — but the host Hawks answered with five in the bottom half. After a scoreless second inning, the Warriors scored three runs to make it a 5-4 game — then Hug (1-1) responded with six runs in the bottom of the third to take a seven-run lead. The Hawks stayed in front over the next two innings en route to victory.

Whittell totaled two hits in the loss — and both came from catcher Dominique Ogilvie, who went 2-for-3 with a single, double, RBI and two runs. First baseman Jordyn Becker led the Warriors with two RBIs while center fielder Daria Sharon and third baseman Eva Fuller finished with two runs apiece.

Defensively, the Warriors had one double play against Hug. Sharon caught a fly ball in center field and fired it back to Becker to double off a Hawks’ runner at first base.

In the circle, starter Kelsey Kjer (L, 0-1) threw 121 pitches over four innings and allowed six earned runs. Kjer struck out six, walked nine and allowed five hits in the loss.

Whittell returned to action Tuesday, when it opened Div. IV Northern League play against Pyramid Lake at Lampe Park. The Warriors play in the Yerington Tournament this Friday at Saturday, with games both days played at Smith Valley High.