The Incline softball team dropped both ends of a league doubleheader, 15-8 and 11-6, against visiting Pershing County on Saturday.
The Highlanders are now 5-7 and in fifth place in the Northern Division III with one league series remaining. That doubleheader happens to be against the team Incline is trying to overtake for the fourth and final playoff seed, Battle Mountain (6-6).
Pershing County, at 8-4, is third in the standings, while White Pine (12-1) and Yerington (11-1) lead the way. West Wendover trails Incline at 5-8.
After falling behind 12-2 in the first three innings of the Game 1 Saturday, the Highlanders rallied for six runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 12-8. But the Mustangs added on with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to secure the win.
Incline banged out 14 hits to Pershing County’s 16, with senior Elise Nelson driving in three runs on two hits, and Karyss Thompson driving in one run on two hits.
Senior catcher Kortney Solis was Incline’s Player of the Game for her solid glove work behind the plate and 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Sarah Wright and Kierra Keller each went 2-for-3, and Briana Barraza, Caroline May and Maddie Findlen contributed a hit apiece.
Riley Jaramillo and Mikayla Montes each went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Pershing County, while Erica Holland was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.
The Highlanders got off to a promising start in the second game, leading 4-1 after one inning and 6-1 after four. The Mustangs battled back, however, scoring a run in the fifth and six in the sixth to take an 8-6 lead. The visitors then tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh.
Wright was Incline’s Player of the Game, as she tracked down several fly balls in left field and went 1-for-3.
Keller was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Solis and Findlen each went 2-for-4, and Thompson was 2-for-3. Nelson also contributed a hit.
Bailey Wanner homered as part of a 3-for-5 game with two RBIs for the Mustangs. Keller pitched both games for the Highlanders.