The Ely Times

The White Pine High baseball team opened 2A Northern league play with a split of their weekend games at West Wendover, losing 12-2 and winning 5-3.

In the first game, the Bobcats got on the board with a run in the first inning, but watched as the Wolverines tacked on four runs in the bottom of the first. The teams played scoreless ball thereafter until the fourth and fifth innings.

West Wendover got five runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to overcome a single run the Bobcats had in the fifth inning and took a 12-2 win in the opener.

Jayden Brewer was 3 for 3 for White Pine and had a run batted in. In all though, the Cats only had three hits while giving up 12 runs on 10 hits and issuing 11 walks.

Fielding was a bit rusty for the Bobcats this game as they committed five errors.

A different story unfolded in the second game, which the Bobcats won 5-3, a game that went the full seven innings.

Caleb Britton started on the mound for White Pine. He worked six innings and gave up all three of Wendover’s runs. But he did limit the Wolverines to only three hits and registered 11 strikeouts.

Wendover scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, then Britton and reliever Zac Chamberlain held West Wendover off until the bottom of the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats got two runs each in the first and third innings and added an insurance run in the fifth inning.

Shea Simon had two hits for White Pine.

Coach Quinn Ewell said he was proud of the team for the way they closed out the win over the Wolverines. “It came on a double play. With one out and one on, Nel Covarrubias hit a groundball to our shortstop Caleb Britton who flipped the ball Simons covering second base to get Luis Esparza and Simons made the throw in time to Nate Adams at first base to double up Covarrubias.”

White Pine continues league play this Friday and Saturday hosting North Tahoe for a triple header, a single game on Friday followed by a double header on Saturday. Then they host Yerington in league action March 29-30.