WHS nine wins first league title in 10 years
It was a banner day for the Whittell High baseball team and for senior hurler Brandon “The General” Lee on Tuesday as the Warriors won their conference for the first time since 1991 and Lee eclipsed his own school mark for strikeouts in a season.
Oh, by the way, the Warriors pounded archrival Incline 15-0 at Lampe Park in Garnerville to win the league as Lee fanned nine en route to passing his school record of 102. With two games remaining, Lee now has 106 Ks and counting.
“In the 2A when I have Brandon on the mound, I count it as a win,” Warrior manager Don Amaral said.
But it was not entirely the Lee show Tuesday afternoon as fellow seniors Matt Olsen and Chris Hannum pounded the ball from the plate.
Hannum opened the contest with a home run to spark the Warriors to big opening stanza.
Joe Piccola followed with a base hit and Lee was issued an intentional walk before Matt Olsen laced a double to drive in a pair of runs.
Brett Schussel, Tyson Frederick and Travis Purdy all had consecutive singles before Hannum collected his second and third RBIs of the inning with a double.
In the second inning, Lee was issued another intentional pass with runners on second and third. Then a pitch clipped the bat of Thomas Hunter, who was diving out of the way of an inside pitch, and Lee raced home for a score.
“It was like a perfect suicide squeeze – except I didn’t plan it,” Amaral said.
The Warriors scored two more in the third and three in the fourth to go on to the easy win.
Senior Mitchell Stromberg, batting for the first time in league play, stroked a double off the left-field wall in the game.
Although it is moot at this point in the season, the Warriors host Hawthorne for two on Saturday at Lampe Park.
Warriors lose a tight one
One bad inning continues to plague the Whittell Warrior softball team as it fell to Incline 13-10 Tuesday afternoon at Lampe Park in Gadnerville.
On Tuesday, it was the first inning that was the undoing for the Warriors as they committed four errors.
“It’s kind of like when little kids put a puzzle together and dump it out right before they finish it,” Warrior manager Lindsay Wines said. “That’s how we are with that one inning every game.”
With two outs in the inning, the Warriors allowed two runs to cross the plate for the Highlanders.
From the plate, Ashley Berns pounded the ball but was a victim of hitting it right at the Incline fielders. With a pair of runners on in the sixth, Berns laced a would-be extra base hit to the centerfielder, who made a great shoestring catch, to keep the runners from advancing.
“A foot to the right or the left and she would have cleared the bases,” Wines said.
In the seventh, Meredtih Shaw blasted a two-run homer to pull the Warriors within three runs, but that was as close as they would get as the Highlanders closed the door.
The Warriors remain one game up on Lovelock in the standings with four to go. If Whittell sweeps Hawthorne on Saturday, then the Warriors only need to win one against Lovelock next week to qualify for the postseason.
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