Young pitches Whittell into the playoffs
Hurler has 16 strikeouts in win over Lovelock
By Jeremy Evans
Tribune staff writer
If Whittell baseball coach Don Amaral had to rank his all-time pitching performances, he admitted Jeff Young’s outing on Friday would be tough to beat.
Young struck out 16 batters and pitched all 10 innings in the Warriors’ 5-3 Northern 2A road win over previously undefeated Lovelock. Young threw 140 pitches and allowed just seven hits in the complete game victory.
“It was a gutty performance,” said Amaral, who is in his seventh season at Whittell. “I was thinking about taking him out in the seventh, but he talked me into keeping him in the eighth and ninth. Once we got into the 10th, he told me ‘I’m going back out there coach.’ He just pitched real well, and we played great defense behind him.”
The Warriors lost the second game of the doubleheader 20-0 in five innings, a game in which Amaral basically conceded soon after it even began. Lovelock finishes the regular season with a 9-1 league record and will be the No. 1 seed at this week’s Northern 2A regional tournament.
Whittell (10-12 overall, 5-5 league) is the No. 4 seed and will play Lovelock on Friday at 9 a.m. in the first round of the double-elimination tournament. The top two teams at the zone tournament advance to state. Amaral is searching for his sixth consecutive state tournament berth.
“We were there to split with Lovelock, so we started subbing everybody in the second inning of that second game,” said Amaral, who led the Warriors to the state title in 2001. “We just wanted to show Lovelock that when it’s our ace versus your ace, we can beat you.”
In the win over Lovelock on Friday, Chris Craig’s two-out double in the top of the first gave Whittell a 2-0 lead. Lovelock made it 2-1 after scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, then Brian Peat hit a solo homer for the Warriors in the top of the sixth to make it 3-1.
The Mustangs countered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, then Young struck out the side in the seventh and eighth innings. In the top of the 10th inning, freshman Nick Shepeck drew a lead off walk, then Peat followed with a two-run home run that gave Whittell a 5-3 advantage.
Young shut the Mustangs down in the bottom of the 10th. Peat’s homers on Friday were his second and third of the season.
STHS baseball sweeps Hug
South Tahoe enjoyed one of its biggest offensive outbursts of the season in sweeping Hug in a Northern 4A doubleheader on Saturday at Todd Fields.
In the first game, Stephen Yarrow went 3 for 4 with five RBI – three of which came on a three-run homer – as the Vikings won 16-3 in five innings. In the second game, Buck Pershing went the distance and struck out six batters in a 10-0 victory.
In the first game, David Schue pitched a three-hitter and went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double. Bo Hallam went 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI, while Chris Diana was 3 for 4 with two RBI and Kevin Yelles 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. Brothers Chris Simonian and Max Simonian each had a double and combined for four hits.
In the second game, Pershing went 2 for 4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Yarrow went 2 for 2 with three RBI and hit his fifth home run of the season. His five home runs are the third most in the division.
Zach Kropf, Diana and Yelles all went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Blaine Inglis went 2 for 3 for the Vikings (9-20 overall, 5-16 division). South Tahoe won four division games last year.
“We were definitely happy ending the year on a winning streak,” said second-year coach Matt Tillson, whose team finished the season on a four-game winning streak. “We basically took care of business on Saturday and hopefully we can ride that into next season.”
STHS JVs dominate
Kevin Lucero led a group of players who helped lead the South Tahoe junior varsity baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Hug on Saturday at Todd Fields. Lucero went 3 for 3 in the first game, which the Vikings won 11-0 in five innings, then hit a home run in a 19-7 victory in the second game.
In the first game, Cameron Hausfeld pitched a four-hitter and Derek Holmgren hit his fifth home run of the season to give South Tahoe its 11th run. Jason Winslow went 3 for 3 and Ivan Trebotich was 2 for 3 and hit his first home run of the season.
In the second game, Chris Klug hit a grand slam home run, while Trebotich went 2 for 2. Matt Marsh and Chris Heng combined for three hits in the 12-run victory.
Worley, Humbird shine for WHS track
Jeremy Worley was one of several Whitttell athletes to set personal records by placing fourth in the 1,600-meter run (4 minutes, 53 seconds) on Saturday at the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca. Worley beat his old time by five seconds.
In the shot put, Dan Allen threw a personal-best 37 feet, 4 inches, while David Sabistina ran the 110-meter high hurdles in 19.56 seconds and edged a Northern 2A rival from Silver Stage. Otto Hsiao’s mark of 35 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump surpassed his pervious personal-best by two feet.
In the girls’ meet, Mara Humbird anchored the 4×100 relay team that finished first in 53.24 seconds and held off Spring Creek, which is the top 3A team in that event. Jessica Woods, Meri Johnson and Casey Brumbach are the team’s other members.
Woods finished fourth in the long jump (14 feet, 8 inches) and made her debut in the triple jump and finished sixth (30 feet, 8 inches). Natalie Daly and Kelly Karmann both had personal-best marks in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches).
Karmann also recorded personal-bests in the discus and shot put, reaching marks of 99 feet, 2 inches and 32 feet, 7 inches, respectively. Freshman Sasha Rupp’s time of 5:47.88 in the 1,600-meter run was five seconds off the school mark and was good for second place overall. Krista Castro took fourth in the 1,600 (6:06).
Next up for the Warriors is the Northern 2A regional meet on Friday and Saturday in Yerington.
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