North Tahoe softball: Lakers show signs of progress on final weekend
May 7, 2010
North Tahoe softball coach Richard Mesa was pleased to see his Lakers show signs of improvement on the final weekend of their season.
and#8220;My goal throughout the year has just been to improve, and they did,and#8221; said Mesa, whose Lakers lost Game 1 to Whittell, 13-0, before playing an inspired second game, which ended in a 10-6 loss. and#8220;The girls played a lot better the second game.and#8221;
Freshman Sierra Aildasani had a solid day at the plate, as she recorded the Lakersand#8217; only hit in the first game and went 1 for 4 with a double in the second game. Aildasani also did a commendable job holding down the second base position for an absent teammate, Mesa said.
and#8220;Sierra played really, really well over the weekend,and#8221; the coach said. and#8220;She did a great job at second base.and#8221;
Junior Mealani Mesa started pitching both games. She struck out one in three innings in Game 1, then struck out seven in six innings in Game 2. Heidi Jimenez pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief in the first game, striking out three.
Tara Turpin went 3 for 4 in Game 2 to lead the Lakers. Mealani Mesa was 2 for 4, while Jimenez, Tannyr Pasvantis and Madison Martin each had one hit.
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North Tahoe was in a rebuilding year, as the team consisted of four freshmen, eight sophomores and three juniors, with not a single senior on the squad. The Lakers finished 0-10 in a competitive Northern 2A league led by Pershing County (9-0) and Battle Mountain (8-0).