Whittell softball swept by Wells in doubleheader
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — In its first league doubleheader of the 2015 season, the Whittell softball team couldn’t contain a tough opponent. The Warriors were swept by Wells in a twinbill at Lampe Park on Saturday, falling to the Leopards 10-0 and 19-11.
In the first game, Whittell (4-5, 1-2 IV Northern) struggled to get its offense going in a 10-0 loss to Wells. The Warriors were held to three hits in five innings while being shut out for the first time this season.
Wells (7-1, 3-0) opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning, added four in the second and made it 8-0 in the third. That was more than enough offense for starter Katlyn Del Rio, who scattered three hits while striking out nine.
Ali Copsy, Jordyn Becker and Kaitlyn Kjer recorded Whittell’s only hits in the loss. In the circle, Kelsey Kjer pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking five.
In the second contest, Whittell led an early lead slip away in a 19-11 defeat to the Leopards. The Warriors scored seven runs in the bottom of the second to build an 8-4 lead, but Wells answered with eight runs in the next half-inning and didn’t trail the rest of the way.
The Leopards added three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 15-8 lead. Whittell came as close as four, but didn’t threaten Wells — both teams went scoreless in the sixth and seventh.
Tatum Libert led Whittell with three hits in the loss — the junior went 3-for-4 with a run. Dominique Ogilvie went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Copsy had two hits and a run and Kelsey Kjer finished with a hit and a run — Becker and Daria Sharon each had RBIs.
Kelsey Kjer threw all seven innings for the Warriors in the second game, and only four of the runs she allowed were earned. The junior struck out eight, allowed 15 hits and walked five in the loss.
The Warriors returned to action Tuesday against Smith Valley at Lampe Park. On Saturday, Whittell hosts Eureka in a doubleheader at Lampe Park — the first game is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
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