Incline softball | Longhorns take three in final series
Final Northern Division III standings
Team League Overall
x-1. Pershing County 16-2 24-6
x-2. Yerington 14-4 17-10
x-3. West Wendover 13-5 16-9
x-4. Battle Mountain 11-7 16-9-1
5. Silver Stage 4-14 4-20
6. Incline 3-15 3-16
7. North Tahoe 0-18 0-18
x-Clinched playoff berth.
The Incline softball team ended its season with a tough home series against Battle Mountain this past Friday and Saturday.
Battle Mountain, which will head to the Northern Division III regional championships this weekend as a No. 4 seed, swept the series by scores of 12-2, 14-3 and 26-8.
Incline managed four hits off of Battle Mountain starter Jade Harkness while breaking through for two runs in the fourth inning.
Freshman catcher Haeden Suter recorded both RBIs with a home run in the fourth. Incline freshman Faith Ogden went 2-for-2, and Karyss Thompson was 1-for-2.
The Longhorns hit three homers in the game, one apiece by Ashley Haney, Kylie Sondermann and Riane Schroeder.
In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Incline scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Sondermann, but the visitors had already struck for eight runs in the top half of the inning. Battle Mountain added two runs in the second, two in the third and two in the fifth to end the game.
The Highlanders had seven hits, with Taylor Orblych going 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Skylar Jones and Alyssa Flynn delivering a hit and RBI apiece. Thompson, Sarah Bursell and Kennedy Cohn each had one hit.
Incline swung the bats well in the series finale, scoring a run in the first inning, two in the second and four in the third. The Longhorns established control with a 14-run second inning, however.
Barraza finished with two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs as the Highlanders amassed 15 hits by 10 different players in the contest.
Flynn doubled and drove in two runs, while Orblych was 2-for-4 with a double, Thompson and Cohn were both 2-for-3, and Suter was 2-for-4. Ogden, Jones, Bursell and Kayla Smothers had a hit apiece.
Sondermann led Battle Mountain with four hits, including two doubles and a triple, and seven RBIs.
The young Incline team finished the year 3-15 in league play. The Longhorns will carry an 11-7 league record into the postseason, where they’ll meet top-seeded Pershing County (16-2) in the opening round. Yerington (14-4) and West Wendover (13-5) are the other two playoff teams.