Laker softball drops pair of doubleheaders
The North Tahoe High softball team dropped two doubleheaders in the past two weeks, losing 8-7 and 9-2 at Yerington on April 14 and 17-1 and 19-1 against Spring Creek on Saturday.
Game 1 was a seesaw battle, changing hands four times before Yerington took the game 87. The Lakers took a one-run lead into the last inning but could not hold off the Lions offense.Yerington went up 40 in the first inning before North Tahoe battled back.The ladies played very well and very hard all game long, Lakers coach Bill Freeman said.Senior pitcher Kendra Haskill had seven strikeouts and gave up nine walks and five hits.The rest of the Laker defense vastly improved from the previous week, committing only two errors.With 11 Laker hits, the game may have been the best offensive showing of the season for North Tahoe.Haskill tallied four hits, including a triple. Hilary Stoner and Shea Mesa each had two hits, and Katie Freeman, Jennifer Jimenez and Shannon Gilmore each had one hit.Game 2 was less exciting, with the Lions walking away with a 92 victory for the sweep.The Lakers committed nine errors while the offense managed just three hits. Senior pitcher Katie Freeman struck out two hitters while giving up three hits and one walk.Maybe it was losing a close one in the last inning or just lack of focus, but we just didnt seem to be the same team as in Game 1, Freeman said.Jimenez, Stoner and Mesa each picked up a hit in the loss.
On Saturday the Lakers took on Spring Creek in yet another home doubleheader played in Carson City due to weather.North Tahoe suffered at the hands of the Spartans, who walked away with 171 and 191 wins.Freeman struck out five and walked only three in the first game.Eight Spartan hits combined with seven Laker errors made for a rough Game 1 for North Tahoe.Haskill struck out six in Game 2 but struggled with eight walks. The Spartans only managed three hits but the Lakers eight errors doomed them.
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As another summer heads to Lake Tahoe, residents are finding ways to stay busy and one of the more popular activities to gain traction on both shores is pickleball.