Lakers exit zone softball tourney
The North Tahoe softball team lost its first two games in the double-elimination Northern 2A regional tournament on Friday.The fourth-seeded Lakers lost 5-1 to first-seeded Battle Mountain in the opener and 15-5 to second-seeded Silver Stage in the second game.Game 1 was tightly contested for the first three innings, as North Tahoe scored first with an RBI hit by Hilary Stoner in the top of the third inning to go up 1-0. In the bottom half of the inning, It was a short-lived lead, as Battle Mountain answered with two runs of its own to take a 2-1 lead. The Longhorns added a single run in the fourth, fifth and sixth to extend its lead to the final score.North Tahoe junior Shea Mesa pitched the distance. She allowed just three hits and one earned run while walking three and recording five strikeouts. The Laker defense committed nine errors but often managed to escape trouble.Laker head coach Richard Mesa was pleased with his team’s play against the No. 1 seed, which he said carried a 35-game Northern 2A winning streak into the contest. The Longhorns also have wins this season against Lowry and Spring Creek of the Northern 3A.”I’m really proud of the girls. They did a great job.”Offensively, sophomore Mealani Mesa went 2 for 2 while Stoner had a hit and an RBI and Alexa Andrews had a double.Game 2 wasn’t as pretty for the Lakers, said coach Mesa, as the Lakers committed 10 errors, and many came back to hurt them.Silver Stage jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the bottom of the first, then scored five more in the third. The Nighthawks had only seven hits in the game off junior Christina Lane.”Christina didn’t play a bad game,” coach Mesa said. The errors just proved more costly than in Game 1.At the plate, senior Natalia Roberts was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Shea Mesa was 2 for 3 with a double, Lane 2 for 3, Jennifer Jimenez 2 for 2 with an RBI and Shannon Stack 1 for 3 with a double and RBI.
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