Incline softball | Highlanders finish fifth in league
Final Northern Division III standings
1. White Pine 13-1
2. Yerington 13-1
3. Pershing County 10-4
4. Battle Mountain 8-6
5. Incline 5-9
6. West Wendover 5-9
7. Silver Stage 2-12
8. North Tahoe 0-14
The Incline softball team dropped both games of its final league doubleheader at Battle Mountain on Saturday, 12-11 and 13-9.
The Highlanders finished the season 5-9 in Northern Division III play and one spot away from earning a playoff berth. White Pine (13-1) secured the top playoff seed, Yerington (13-1) is No. 2 seed, Pershing County (10-4) No. 4 and Battle Mountain (8-6) No. 4.
Incline scored at least one run in four of the seven innings of Saturday’s Game 1. But the Longhorns scored in every inning but one to edge the Highlanders by a run. Incline led 10-7 after three innings but only managed to score once more, with a single run in the sixth.
Battle Mountain cut into the Incline lead with a run in the fourth and tied the score with two in the fifth. After Incline regained the lead in the sixth, the Longhorns scored two in the bottom of the sixth to take over for good.
The Highlanders out-hit the Longhorns 13-11, led by Kortney Solis’ 4-for-4 game with two doubles and two RBIs. Elise Nelson hit a double and drove in two runs, Maddie Findlen drove in two runs, and Karyss Thompson had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI. Sarah Wright and Harmony Bates contributed two hits apiece, and Taylor Orblych, who pitched the whole game, had one hit.
Incline got off to a solid start in Game 2, taking a 3-0 lead after one inning. After adding three more in the third to extend the lead to 6-0, Battle Mountain shaved the margin with a four-run third. Incline scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth, but the hosts rallied for three runs in the fourth, three more in the fifth and three in the sixth to overtake the Highlanders.
Again Incline out-hit the Longhorns, 17-13, and again Solis led the charge with a 4-for-4 performance that included a double, home run and RBI.
Caroline May was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, and Findlen was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Wright, Orblych and Nelson finished with two hits, and Christine Schwartz, Thompson and Elizabeth Resney each had one. Wright, Resney and Nelson doubled.
The Highlanders graduate eight seniors from this year’s team — Keller, Nelson, May, Findlen, Solis, Wright, Resney and Megan Rachlin.
Six Highlanders hit over .400 this season, and three exceeded. 500, led by Nelson’s .579 average with two home runs, five doubles, 18 stolen bases and 18 RBIs, Kierra Keller’s .519 clip with five home runs, seven doubles and 23 RBIs, and Solis’ .510 average with a home run, four doubles and 13 RBIs.
Wright hit .450 with a home run, six doubles and eight RBIs, Thompson hit .449 with 12 stolen bases and 11 RBIs, and Findlen hit .436 with 11 stolen bases and 10 RBIs. Orblych hit .320, Resney .316 and May .304.