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Four North Tahoe softball players earn Northern 2A All-League recognition

Sun Staff reports

Four North Tahoe softball players earned Northern 2A All-League recognition for their play during the 2008 season.

Juniors Shea Mesa and Christina Lane were voted by coaches to the second team, while senior Natalia Roberts and freshman Alexa Andrews made honorable mention.

Brandi Fellows of Battle Mountain was voted Player of the Year and Battle Mountain coach David Itza was voted Coach of the Year.

A solid all-around player with a wealth of knowledge about the game, Lane led the team with a .492 average and 10 RBIs. The junior was one of two starting pitchers who helped guide the Lakers to the Northern 2A postseason tournament. Lane typically hit cleanup in the order, where she hit one home run, and played a clean shortstop and catcher. North Tahoe head coach Richard Mesa said Lane is a student of the game and is always willing to accept coaching tips. He expects her to be one of the leaders next year as a senior.

The junior shared starting pitching duties with Lane and was instrumental to the Lakers’ success. A sharp-shooter with the ability to paint the corners of the plate, Mesa led the team in strikeouts while rarely putting hitters on base by way of a walk. She played catcher on defense and occasionally filled in at shortstop. Like Lane, Mesa knows the game well and helped lead the young Laker team by example. Offensively, Mesa hit mostly leadoff and second in the order, finishing with a .347 average. She had two home runs and, with a good eye for the strikezone, rarely struck out. Mesa is expected to be one of the leaders of the team next year as a senior.

Likely the fastest Laker on her feet, the senior took on the role as the team’s only true slap hitter. She often slapped or bunted the ball into play and reached base by sheer speed. It worked, as she finished with a .356 average. Roberts also played a solid center field, as well as left, using her speed and skills to track down fly balls on the run. At the plate Roberts had a good eye and did not strike out often, coach Mesa said.

The only North Tahoe freshman to receive All-League recognition, Andrews demonstrated pop at the plate as well as the ability to hit for average. She finished with four home runs to lead the team and a .340 average. Coach Mesa said his freshman has a natural swing that should only get better with time. Andrews “stepped up huge” defensively, as well, coach Mesa said, playing a skilled shortstop. Mesa is looking forward to coaching Andrews in the future, adding of her coachability: “She’s like a sponge.”

Player of the Year: Brandi Fellows, senior, Battle Mountain

Coach of the Year: David Itza, Battle Mountain

First team

Abby Kingman, senior, Whittell

Shannon Chapman, freshman, Silver Stage

Alicia Merrell, junior, Silver Stage

Chelsey Tromerhauser, senior, Silver Stage

Jordan Waugh, sophomore, Battle Mountain

Kalee Jo Dormon, senior, Battle Mountain

Felycia Itza, junior, Battle Mountain

Jenni Fellows, senior, Battle Mountain

Caty Stewart, senior, Battle Mountain

Satica Jones, junior, Battle Mountain

Kendra Mitchell, freshman, Pershing County

Michelle Montes, sophomore, Pershing County

Second team

Shea Mesa, junior, North Tahoe

Christina Lane, junior, North Tahoe

Amanda Holland, junior, Pershing County

Alyssa Holland , sophomore, Pershing County

Anastacia Kreider, senior, Pershing County

Ryann Jensen, sophomore, Pershing County

Krystal McGlocklin, senior, Silver Stage

Veronica Soto, senior, Silver Stage

Megan Lenz, sophomore, Battle Mountain

Josey Raglan, senior, Battle Mountain

Sarah Lawrence, senior, Mineral County

Austin Harrington, senior, Whittell

Honorable Mention

Alexa Andrews, freshman, North Tahoe

Natalia Roberts, senior, North Tahoe

Kassie Hoopes, senior, Silver Stage

Nicole Mathias , junior, Mineral County

Hannah Erquiaga, freshman, Battle Mountain

Cammie Southerland, freshman, Battle Mountain

Kayci Itza, junior, Battle Mountain

Justina Pritzler, junior, Whittell

Jena Burkhart, senior, Pershing County

Courtney Baker, senior, Mineral County