Wolves win behind Sturdivant
Miranda Sturdivant was impressive in the pitcher’s circle and with her bat to help the Coleville High softball team split a Northern Division IV doubleheader Saturday against Whittell at Zephyr Cove Park.
The senior pitched four-hit ball with 13 strikeouts plus she hit 2-for-5 as Coleville won the opener, 8-3. Whittell came back to win the second game on its home field, 9-2.
Nursing a 2-1 lead in the opener, Coleville (5-8 overall, 3-5 league) scored three runs in the sixth inning and two more runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 8-1. Whittell added two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Nicole Smith hit 3-for-4 with one RBI and scored three runs to lead the Wolves offensively. Stephanie Sandoval also hit 2-for-5, Jackie Saldivar 2-for-4 and Sturdivant scored twice with one RBI. Lauren Byers also scored three runs for the Wolves.
Sophomore Kelsey Kjer pitched the distance for Whittell, as she worked seven innings with five strikeouts, six walks and 11 hits.
Jordyn Becker went 2-for-3 with a walk, Maggie Dean was 2-for-4 with one RBI and Gianna Miller was 1-for-2 with two walks and five stolen bases for the Warriors.
In the second game, Madison Idso pitched all seven innings to pick up the win for Whittell. Idso had six strikeouts, three walks and allowed five hits. At the plate, she hit 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.
Whittell scored three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead and then added insurance with five runs in the fifth.
Miller went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Dean was 2-for-4 with one RBI and a stolen base for the Warriors.
Smith hit 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored to lead Coleville. O’Laire Herrera also scored two runs.
Thais Oda pitched five inning for the Wolves, allowed nine runs (two earned) on seven hits to go with two strikeouts and one walk. Sturdivant pitched a scoreless sixth, allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Coleville returned to action Tuesday at home against Smith Valley (the result was unavailable at press time). The Wolves have two weeks for their Spring Break before playing a double header April 29 against Mineral County in Hawthorne.
Whittell (8-5 overall, 5-4 league) visits North Tahoe today.