Laker softball routs Hawthorne
The North Tahoe softball team looks to be hitting its stride just in the nick of time.
Hosting for the first time on their home field in Tahoe City, the Lakers outscored visiting Mineral County (Hawthorne) 36-1 in a league doubleheader on Saturday. North Tahoe won the first game 18-0 and the second by a score of 18-1 to improve to 2-6 in Northern 2A league play with two games remaining.
If North Tahoe wins both ends of its final league doubleheader against Whittell on Friday, it will secure a postseason berth, said head coach Richard Mesa. The Lakers already defeated Whittell once in the preseason Yerington Tournament in early March.
“I’ve thought that they’ve had it all along. It was just a matter of putting it together on the field,” Mesa said. “I think we’re starting to gel at the right time of the year.”
Junior Christina Lane pitched Game 1, throwing a no-hitter while recording seven strikeouts. The game was called after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
North Tahoe wasted no time getting to work on offense, posting eight runs in the first inning, another three in the second and seven more in the fourth.
Freshman Alexa Andrews had a huge game at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and a grand slam home run. Senior Michelle Harley made her one hit count, as she also hit a grand slam to contribute to the rout.
Junior Shannon Stack was 2 for 2 with a triple, while Mealani Mesa, Jennifer Jimenez, Lane, Natalia Roberts and Alyssa McElwain each had one hit.
The Lakers also played a solid game in the field.
“We only had one error defensively, which is a huge improvement from what we’ve been doing,” coach Mesa said. “We stepped up (Saturday) like I hoped we would from the beginning.”
Shea Mesa pitched all five innings of Game 2, striking out five Serpent hitters while allowing only one hit and one unearned run, which came in the first inning.
Andrews continued her torrid pace, going 2-2 with another home run.
“Alexa was hitting the snot out of the ball,” her coach said, adding that her 4-for-5 day at the plate raised her batting average to .491 ” second highest on the team. Stack leads the team with a .492 average.
Lane went 3 for 4 and Jimenez 2 for 3. Picking up a hit apiece were Stack, Roberts, Mealani Mesa, Harley, McElwain and Shea Mesa, whose one knock was a three-run home run.
The Lakers wrap up league play with a doubleheader against Whittell on Friday. The games will be played at Zephyr Cove Park at 1 and 3 p.m.
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