Whittell steals victory
GARDNERVILLE – Aurora Terry wanted to do something to show appreciation for her team’s quality defensive effort.
So in the bottom of the seventh inning, with the score tied, the Whittell High junior singled, stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw. Then with the bases loaded and one out, Terry caught her opponent napping – and promptly stole home, giving the Warriors a 9-8 victory over North Tahoe on Tuesday at Lampe Park.
“We needed a win. Everybody played well defensively and stealing home was a risk that I was willing to take for the team,” said Terry, who also collected three hits and a complete-game win on the mound. “Running the bases is my favorite part of softball. I’m glad I could do something for the team.”
Warriors coach Keith Lewis was pleased after the contest.
“(The steal) was planned. We talked about it and wanted to draw a throw. As soon as the catcher started throwing it back to the pitcher, she went,” said Lewis, whose players mobbed Terry after she scored. “You’ve got to take some risks to get victories and today it paid off. It was a very good win.”
Terry, who in one inning tallied all three outs with a fan and two caught pop-ups, got a strong effort from the other eight Warrior fielders. Misplays, which have cost the team throughout the season, were remedied against the Lakers. Whittell committed just one error, while producing some clutch plays. Shortstop Jennifer Miles led the way, stopping two hard hit grounders before making solid throws in the top of the seventh, conversions which kept the rallying Lakers from taking the lead.
The Warriors (3-6, 0-3 league) took an early 6-0 advantage, only to see North Tahoe come squalling back. Four runs in the third and three in the fourth put the Lakers ahead, 7-6. Whittell added two in the fifth before North Tahoe tied it in the seventh.
Amanda Eaton and Alethia Flores each added hits, while Jenny Knutson scored two runs. North Tahoe’s pitcher walked 11 and hit six Whittell batters.
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