WHS baseball earns impressive win over Dayton
Don Amaral has had plenty of wins in his seven years as head coach of the Whittell baseball team. However, Amaral said Saturday’s victory over 3A Dayton ranks right up there with his best nonleague wins ever.
“Dayton is probably the favorite to win the Northern 3A,” Amaral said. “Besides that win in 2001 over Fernley (3A state champion), this was one of my biggest wins. Without question, they are a very good team and we shut them down.”
Jeff Young pitched a complete game four-hitter and struck out 12 batters as the Warriors beat the Dust Devils 2-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. Dayton won the first game 10-7.
“Young just shut them down,” Amaral said. “He was a stud.”
In the first inning, Young scored the eventual game-winning run off a single from Christian Hernandez, which was his first career varsity hit. Brian Peat hit a sacrifice fly to score the other run in the first inning, then Young did the rest on the mound.
Young scattered his four hits and allowed his only run in the third inning. He struck out every Dayton batter at least once except for its No. 2 hitter and also went 3 for 3 at the plate.
The first game, though, didn’t develop the same way for the Warriors.
Dayton built a 10-2 lead, but Whittell scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to post a small comeback. Joseph Hsiao and Darrell Altman started off the inning by recording their first hits as baseball players.
Peat, Young and Carter Amaral combined for six hits and six RBI in the loss. Chris Craig started his first varsity game on the mound and allowed six runs in five innings of work.
“The important thing about this game was that we were down 10-2 going into the seventh and we came back,” coach Amaral said. “We strung a bunch of hits together and the seventh inning was highlighted by two kids getting their first base hits ever, clean line-drive hits. I am pleased with how we are improving.”
Whittell (2-3) faces 1A Virginia City on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Lampe Park.
STHS baseball drops doubleheader
After starting off the Sierra Division season with a win at Damonte Ranch on Thursday, the South Tahoe baseball team had a reversal of fortunes on Saturday against the Mustangs.
Costly errors doomed the Vikings in both games as Damonte Ranch posted an 11-5 victory in the first game, then earned an 8-3 win in the second game in Reno.
“We definitely didn’t come ready to play in that first game,” STHS coach Matt Tillson said. “That was the key, and that was my fault as a coach that we just weren’t mentally focused.”
Stephen Yarrow pitched into the fifth inning for the Vikings in the first game, but the Mustangs held an 8-1 lead going into the sixth. South Tahoe scored four runs in the top of the sixth. Yarrow went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, while Zach Kropf went 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI.
In the second game, Damonte’s leadoff batter in the first inning reached on an error, which touched off a four-run first inning that put the Mustangs ahead 4-1 going into the second. In the sixth, Bo Hallam started things off with a single, then Yarrow belted a two-run homer to provide the only offense for South Tahoe. It was Yarrow’s first home run of the season.
The Vikings (2-3 overall, 1-2 division) play at Reno on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
WHS softball cancels tourney
The Warriors had to forfeit their tournament in Smith Valley on Friday and Saturday because they didn’t have enough players to field a starting lineup. Whittell also had to cancel its tournament the previous weekend in Yerington for the same reason, then had its game on Tuesday against Truckee postponed due to inclement weather.
On Saturday, 3-4 inches covered the field in Smith Valley, resulting in the canceling of the tournament games anyway. The Warriors, who have only 10 players on their roster, are scheduled to play 1A Virginia City on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
The South Tahoe softball team dropped its Sierra Division doubleheader to Damonte Ranch on Saturday in Reno. The Vikings lost 12-2 in the first game and 9-0 in the second game. They also lost 11-1 to the Mustangs on Thursday in Reno.
No other details were available at press time. South Tahoe (1-4 overall, 0-3 division) continues division play with a game at Reno on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
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