Whittell’s difficult schedule continues
No one can accuse the Whittell High Warriors of playing a softball preseason baseball schedule.
Seven games into their season, Whittell has played defending state champion Silver Stage twice and state title contender Lovelock.
Whittell lost to the Nevada 2A powerhouses in its tournament Friday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. Lovelock routed the Warriors 21-2, while Silver Stage spanked the Warriors 13-1.
“I want them to get experience,” said Whittell coach Don Amaral.
Amaral’s club continued to struggle with its field on Friday, committing 22 errors in the two games. Amaral said only 12 of the 76 runs the Warriors have yielded this season have been earned.
Carter Amaral was 3 for 3 against Lovelock. Ben Ward gave Whittell some solid innings on the mound and Nick Shepack performed well in the outfield, according to coach Amaral.
Unsafe baseball conditions wiped out Whittell’s tournament games against Yerington and Silver Stage on Saturday. Whittell (3-4) is scheduled to play Coleville at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Lampe Park.
STHS JVs split; WHS drops 2
South Tahoe High pitchers Melissa Smith and Krissy Guarino helped the Vikings split two games in the Whittell tournament on Friday. Smith and Guarino combined to strike out seven and give up five hits in an 8-2 defeat to Lovelock. They were even sharper against Whittell, fanning 12 and allowing three hits in a 9-3 victory.
The STHS pitchers had plenty of support against Whittell as Sarah Breisacher was 3 for 4 with three singles, two stolen bases and a run scored; Tara Backinger was 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two stolen bases; and Tiffany Racz was 2 for 3 with a double, two stolen bases and a run scored.
Whittell’s Justin Pritzker allowed 10 hits and only walked three, but the Warriors dropped a 15-3 decision in their tournament opener to Lovelock. The Mustangs are considered one of the favorites to win the Northern 2A.
“They are a solid team, and we’re a young team trying to figure a lot of things out,” said WHS coach Rich Barna. “I have a lot of rookies right now who did great things last week that they didn’t do this week.”
Pritzker, Sierra Butler, Austyn Harrington and Abby Kingman each had a hit in the four losses. Whittell (2-4) opens Northern 2A play on Saturday at Hawthorne.
STHS softball goes winless
After playing four lower classification teams last weekend at the Yerington tournament, the South Tahoe softball team faced 4A competition for the first time on Friday and Saturday at the Reed tournament in Sparks.
“Let’s just say we learned some things,” said STHS coach Joann Allister. “And the game against Wooster on Saturday was a heartbreaker. We had every opportunity to win that game. We had some brain-dead moments. If those things don’t happen, we win that game.”
On Friday, the Vikings lost to West Valley of Redding, Galena and Damonte. Then on Saturday, they lost 9-8 to Wooster in eight innings. South Tahoe scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take an 8-5 lead into the bottom half of the inning, but the Colts scored four runs to steal the victory.
Danielle Henson, Brittany Barcellos, Kelly Bartlett and Moriah Lane all had good tournaments offensively, while Missy Miller has emerged as a quality catcher.
“She is getting better every day,” Allister said. “We work on drills in practice and she applies them in the games. She threw out several runners this weekend, and it’s really refreshing to see.”
South Tahoe (4-4) opens Sierra League play against Hug at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks.
STHS loses two in Reno
South Tahoe dropped its final two games of the Manogue baseball tournament over the weekend.
The Vikings lost to Galena 21-5 on Friday in their second defeat to the 2007 Nevada state runner-up, and McQueen scored all four of its runs in the first two innings in a 4-1 win over STHS on Saturday.
Pitcher Josh Evans earned his second win over the Vikings, and the Grizzlies mounted a 17-hit attack behind him. Jason Winslow doubled off the top of the fence for the Vikings, and Rick Norlie hit a single during the Vikings’ five-run fifth.
In the McQueen defeat, Otto Trebotich was 2 for 4, Derek Holmgren hit an RBI single and Gary Prescott stroked a double.
“We left a ton of baserunners stranded,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson said. The Vikings left the bags filled in two innings.
Max DeLallo started for the Vikings, allowing four runs before departing after 21Ú3 innings. Holmgren unleashed a knuckleball that keyed his three-plus innings of scoreless relief.
The Vikings (4-5) travel to Galena on Tuesday.
Skiers named all-league
If your team wins a state championship, it’s bound to have some good athletes. And that was the case with the South Tahoe boys’ Alpine ski team.
Derek Holmgren, Mike Suglian and Chris Whatford were all named all-league in the Tahoe Basin Ski League, with Holmgren also claiming most valuable skier honors.
Ashley Killeen was named all-league for the STHS girls’ team, which finished second at state.