By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer

The White Pine High School baseball team dropped two games to Elko last weekend,15-1 and 19-6. But while the scores weren’t as close as they hoped, White Pine showed some positive signs.

“I know the scores are bad, but we played much better than we did against Battle Mountain,” coach Jim Sattler said.

Facing a team with several upper classmen, the Bobcats saw strong performances from Ben Miller (3-for-5), Wyatt Williams, Mike Williams and Tyler Brunson during the two games.

White Pine had the chance for more runs, but Sattler said the end of the lineup struggled to make contact.

“We saw some good pitching and did manage to get some hits,” Sattler said. “Elko has 13 seniors an the roster and they are pretty good. We just need to get the bottom of the order to make contact more often.”

With the regular season winding down, White Pine travels to play Spring Creek this Friday and Saturday. With a team that saw many players get their first taste of varsity baseball this year, Sattler said the team has shown improvement throughout the year. But they are still looking to improve in all aspects of the game over the last few weeks of the regular season.

“We’re taking it game by game and trying to improve on something each game,” Sattler said. “We have made progress but we still have a long ways to go. I would like to see our hitting improve and we have to make better pitches with two strikes on a batter.”

While the Bobcats’ season may not be going as planned in terms of wins and losses, Sattler said the team has made strides that can be a springboard for the future. But future success will depend on a variety of factors.

“As I see it, the future of White Pine baseball depends on the commitment of present players, those young players coming up and the school district to provide some type of program in the middle school,” Sattler said. “Our kids are way behind everyone else we play.”

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