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Incline softball: Highlanders outscored by Nighthawks

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The Highlanders are scheduled to host a league doubleheader against Yerington on Wednesday, April 20, at 2 and 4 p.m.. Incline then plays at North Tahoe next Wednesday, April 27.

The Incline softball team scored 33 runs in its three-game league series against Silver Stage this past Wednesday and Friday. Unfortunately for the Highlanders, the Nighthawks plated 61 runs en route to the series sweep.

In the opener, a 22-6 defeat, the Highlanders finished with nine hits, with Sarah Minkle going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Briana Barraza going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Taylor Cheney recording a hit and RBI. Sarah Bursell had two hits, and Emma Perrell and Athena Collier had a hit apiece.

Silver Stage jumped out to a 10-1 first-inning lead in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. But the Highlanders fought back. They scored in six of the seven innings, highlighted by a seven-run fourth in the 27-17 loss.

Incline banged out 17 hits, with Bursell going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Karyss Thompson going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Barraza going 4-for-6. Collier drove in one run on three hits, Perrell had an RBI on two hits, Samantha Contreras had two hits, and Alyssa Flynn had one hit.

The Highlanders nearly pulled out a victory in the final game of the series but came up two runs shy, 12-10.

Cheney went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, while Collier drove in two runs on one hit. Barraza had two hits, and Perrell and Thompson each had one.

Thompson pitched all seven innings for the Highlanders, recording five strikeouts while allowing six earned runs on 13 hits and three walks.