Wolves continue unbeaten streak vs. WHS
GARDNERVILLE – The Whittell Warriors couldn’t end Coleville High’s unbeaten streak, but their coach wasn’t too disappointed in her team.
“I told the girls I’m really proud of the way they came back,” Whittell head coach Lindsay Wines said. “They didn’t give up, and we got some good things done today.”
Whittell lost 19-8 to the Wolves, who are Nevada’s only unbeaten softball team, but a four-run seventh inning featuring two extra-base hits by Whittell freshmen lifted the home team’s spirits.
Wines also got each of her three pitchers some action in the rout. Anna Kingman started the game and was typically wild, walking four and hitting three batters while giving up seven runs. She put the first seven Coleville hitters on base to start the second inning before Kaitie Green came in to end the inning with three straight outs.
Whittell (11-10 overall) didn’t score until the fourth inning, by which time it was down 9-0. The Warriors pulled within 9-4 before disaster struck in the top of the seventh inning, when two errors opened the door for nine Coleville (20-0-2) runs. Sophomore Katie Kamorowski had cruised through two innings before the letdown, but got only one more out before Green again came on to squash the Wolves’ rally.
“Katie was phenomenal today,” Wines said. “This was probably her best performance of the season and she could easily have been out of the inning.”
Some verbal sparring between the dugouts got the Warriors pumped up before their final at-bats, but Kingman hit into a line-drive double play for a quick two outs. Coleville reliever Jolene Sam walked the next two batters, however, and Green pounded a two-run single up the middle.
Freshman Megan Esquivel, who had hit the ball hard twice in previous at-bats, slammed a double to left-center to plate Green, then classmate Courtney Fields hit an opposite-field triple for another run to set the final score.
Whittell faces Dayton High in a nonleague game on Thursday, but the Warriors are focused on a doubleheader against Hawthorne on Saturday. A sweep would likely give either team the second seed and a bye in the first round of the regional playoffs.
“Saturday’s the big day for us,” Wines said. “I was hoping we wouldn’t make any errors today, but we’ll try and get it together on Thursday.”