Bobcats Shows Improvement During Weekend

 Stephen Burdick swings and hits against Lincoln County Monday afternoon. White Pine fell to Lincoln County’s varsity 6-3. (Staff photo by Lukas Eggen)


Stephen Burdick swings and hits against Lincoln County Monday afternoon. White Pine fell to Lincoln County’s varsity 6-3. (Staff photo by Lukas Eggen)

By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer

The White Pine High School baseball team went 2-1 last weekend at Pershing County, beating Silver Stage (3-0) and Pershing County (6-2) and losing to Yerington (7-0). Although the Bobcats fell to Lincoln County (6-3) on Monday afternoon, coach Jim Sattler said he saw his team beginning to come together.

“I think we have improved in several aspects of our game,” Sattler said. “With two wins at Lovelock last weekend, it has given us some much needed confidence.”

White Pine saw its bats come alive, recording six hits against Silver Stage including a two RBI single by Mike Williams in the first inning. Pitcher Wyatt Williams threw a three-hit shut out during the win.

“Our defense played very well behind Wyatt,” Sattler said. “The key to the game was not having many walks or errors.”

The Bobcats continued to roll offensively, getting 10 hits in its win against Pershing County. Against Lincoln County on Monday, a familiar problem surfaced for White Pine. In the first game against Lincoln County’s varsity, the Bobcats found itself in a close game, but failed to come up with hits at key moments.

“Aryton (Almberg) pitched a very good game even though we lost,” Sattler said. “He had them off balance with his change up. We just could not get the hits when we needed them, which has been one of our big problems all year.”

Despite this, White Pine took some big steps toward getting to where Sattler wants the team to be. The Bobcats saw improvements in both pitching and fielding as well as at the plate.

“The coaching staff was very pleased with the effort we saw last weekend and in the game against Lincoln,” Sattler said.

But the team’s work isn’t done yet. With division games looming in early April, Sattler said the team must get more consistent and stop being its own worst enemy on the field. “Hopefully by the end of the season, our pitchers will be throwing strikes more consistently and our defense will cut down on the unforced errors,” Sattler said

White Pine travels to Battle Mountain this weekend for a key series, not only for the team’s development, but to help the Bobcats prepare for when the meat of its division schedule. And while coaches are pleased to see the team show signs of improvement, Sattler said this weekend is key for the rest of the season.

“We need to have a good weekend and pick up a couple more wins,” Sattler said.

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