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Eagles baseball/softball update

March 18, 2011

Mike Cappello pitched against Wittle High, Nevada’s 2010 baseball champion, at the Yerington Tourney. Photo by Deb Murphy

The Lone Pine Golden Eagles ended last weekend’s baseball tournament at Yerington, Nev. with a split decision: two wins on Friday and two losses to Wittle High, the 2010 Nevada state champions on Saturday.
Greg Green was the winning pitcher in the Eagles’ 8-2 victory over Smith Valley, striking out six.
On the hitting side, Michael Palsrok went 2 for 2 with 3 runs; Michael Cappello was 2 for 2 with a triple, 3 runs and 3 RBI. Umberto Romero was also perfect at the plate with 3 for 3.
Next, the Eagles faced the Fernley High JV squad, shutting them out 6-0. Palsrok and Romero combined in the no-hitter. Palsrok was batting 1000 with 2 for 2; Seth Muniz was 2 for 2 with a double and Josh Oswald hit two triples and recorded 3 RBI.
Despite the loss in Saturday’s 6-8 loss to Wittle, coach Troy Strawn saw a lot that he liked from his team.
“The first game was a great game,” said coach Troy Strawn, “Mike (Cappello) pitched very well and we were in it to the end.”
Oswald was high man on offense for the Eagles, going 2 for 3 with a 2-run homer. Cappello went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Seth Muniz was 1 for 2 with a double, 2 runs and an RBI.
The second game against Wittle ended 16-3 with the Eagles running into control issues on the mound.
Lone Pine dropped its first Desert Mountain League match up with Mammoth Tuesday, 1-2. “We got the bases loaded a few times,” said Strawn. “We just couldn’t bring them across home plate.”
Palsrok started as pitcher and was relieved in the sixth inning by Cappello.
At bat, Cappello went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles; Green was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Lady Eagles
Yerington proved to be a good tournament for the Lady Eagles softball team at 3-1.
“It helped us recover from the Bishop game,” said coach Dan Gonzalez in reference to the Eagles’ loss last week.
The Eagles shellacked Smith Valley twice on Saturday with 21-0 and 22-14 wins. “Smith Valley is a young team and has some pitching issues,” said Gonzalez.
“The game with Truckee (on Saturday) was a very evenly matched game,” said Gonzalez.
The Eagles’ 7-6 win over Truckee was a very evenly matched contest, according to Gonzalez. “We were faster,” he said, “better at stealing bases.”
The one loss came later Saturday against the Kern Valley Broncs, a High Desert League team.
“The game was much better than the score reflects,” said Gonzales.
The Eagles held Kern Valley to 2 runs through the first four innings.
In the fourth, the Broncos went on a 10-run blitz. “We had an injured fielder, our defense just fell apart,” said Gonzalez.

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