Whittell softball sweeps Mineral County, extends streak to seven
HAWTHORNE, Nev. — The Whittell softball team produced a pair of decisive wins on the road Saturday — and stayed in the mix for a playoff spot by doing so. The Warriors swept Mineral County 18-5 and 19-4 in a doubleheader, victories that put them in third place in Div. IV Northern League.
Whittell (12-7, 7-4 IV Northern) extended its winning streak to seven games with the five-inning victories. In the first game, the Warriors rode a big second inning to an 18-5 win.
The Warriors opened the scoring with four runs in the top of the first, and had a 4-1 lead after Mineral County (0-11, 0-12) scored in the bottom half of the inning. In the second inning, Whittell scored nine runs to take a commanding lead — the Serpents didn’t get closer than double digits the rest of the way.
Whittell’s 18 runs came on only five hits — at the plate, the Warriors took advantage of 20 walks issued by Mineral County. Jordyn Becker led the way with three hits, three RBIs and two runs, Allison Bell went 1-for-1 with an RBI and a run, Dominique Ogilvie was 1-for-3 with a run and Kelsey Kjer added an RBI — 12 different Whittell players scored runs, including a team-high three from Eva Fuller.
Madison Idso threw all five innings in the circle in the first game to improve to 3-1 on the season. The right-hander allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks.
In the second game of the twinbill, Whittell steadily built a lead before completing the sweep in blowout fashion. The Warriors led 10-4 headed into the fifth inning, and scored nine runs in the top of the fifth on the way to a 15-run win.
Whittell had 14 hits in the second game, and its 19 runs marked a high in league play. Daria Sharon led the Warriors in four offensive categories, finishing the game 4-for-5 with three RBIs, five runs and five stolen bases.
Kelsey Kjer added three hits in the win — the junior was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs. Ali Copsy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs while Becker delivered a second multiple-hit game, finishing 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run — Ogilvie had a hit, three RBIs and a run, Idso and Fuller each added a hit and a run, Tatum Libert scored a team-high four runs and Kaitlyn Kjer had run and an RBI.
Kelsey Kjer pitched all five innings in the win that brought her season record to 9-6. The junior allowed two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Whittell enters the last week of league play in third place behind Wells and Eureka, who have both clinched playoff berths. The Warriors are a half-game ahead of Virginia City (7-5) and one game up on Coleville (6-5) — only two of those three clubs will qualify for the Div. IV Northern League tournament.
The Warriors returned to action at Smith Valley on Tuesday, and travel to play Virginia City on Thursday in a doubleheader with playoff implications. Whittell concludes the regular season Tuesday, May 5 against South Tahoe at Zephyr Cove Park.
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