Incline vs. North Tahoe softball: Highlanders take series finale
The Incline softball and baseball teams will end the regular season with three-game league series at Battle Mountain this Friday and Saturday.
The Incline and North Tahoe softball team clashed on three occasions this season, and each of the rival contests were slugfests.
After dropping the first game of the Division III series, the Highlanders bounced back to defeat the Lakers 31-4 this past Wednesday and 19-9 on Tuesday.
In between, the Highlanders traveled across the state to West Wendover, where they dropped three games, 10-0, 13-3 and 18-8.
Against the Lakers last week, North Tahoe remained within striking distance through four innings. That changed in the fifth, however, as the Highlanders scored 19 runs en route to the lopsided win.
Incline starting pitcher Karyss Thompson helped her cause with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with a double, two triples and five RBIs. Athena Collier was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, Briana Barraza had three hits, including a double and triple, and two RBIs, and Alyssa Flynn had two hits and two RBIs. Sarah Bursell added a hit and an RBI, and Damary Martinez and Samantha Contreras each had a hit.
For the Lakers, Patty Lara went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs against Thompson, while Fabi Barajas also went 3-for-4. Crystal Soto Ramirez had two hits, and Cate Hopwood and Maria Blanco each had one hit, with Blanco driving in a run.
Thompson also pitched the Highlanders to victory on Tuesday while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and RBI. In the circle, she scattered seven hits over six innings and struck out five. Barraza was 3-for-5 at the plate and Bursell 2-for-4, while Emma Perrell, Sarah Minkle and Collier each had a hit and an RBI. Martinez also had a hit for the Highlanders.
The Lakers were led by Jasmine Strydom, who went 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. Hopwood contributed two RBIs on two hits, Sarah McDonald was 3-for-4, and Lara, Leeanne Pretty and Barajas each had one hit.
At West Wendover Incline managed just three hits in the opener, one apiece by Perrell, Bursell and Minkle.
Incline’s offense picked up the pace in Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Highlanders had 13 hits in the first game, with Barraza going 2-for-4 with two doubles, Thompson going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, Bursell going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Taylor Cheney going 2-for-3. Martinez also drove in a run, and Perrell, Katie Johnson, Flynn and Collier each had one hit.
Incline had 11 hits in the nightcap. Barraza was 3-for-5, Thompson 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, and Bursell 2-for-4. Minkle, Collier and Perrell each contributed a hit and RBI, and Martinez also had a hit.