Laker softball keeps win streak intact
The North Tahoe High softball team continued its undefeated home streak Monday with a 15-5 non-league win over Whittell.
The Lakers had beaten Whittell in the season-opening tournament before dropping the second match-up with the Warriors by one run.
So for North Tahoe, the series-winning 10-run victory was a sweet one.
“The girls wanted to avenge that one-run loss we had to Whittell earlier in the season,” Lakers head coach Bill Freeman said. “It meant quite a bit to them to do it in our house, and that’s exactly what they did.”
Senior pitcher Katie Freeman laid a strong defensive foundation with five strikeouts and only two walks in the five-inning game.
After dealing with a little scare in the top of the first inning that saw three runs on one hit, North Tahoe put on its focus face and never looked back, scoring one run in the first, four in the second, five in the fourth and three in the fifth for the dominant win.
“Our defense really settled down after that first inning and our bats really came alive,” coach Freeman said.
North Tahoe managed 13 hits in the game, including a home run by Christina Lane, a triple by Angela Jimenez and doubles by Katie Freeman, Madi Walther and Shannon Gilmore.
Hilary Stoner, Kendra Haskill, Shea Mesa and Natalia Roberts all tallied base hits.
With four consecutive wins, the Lakers are undefeated on their home field at North Tahoe Regional Park.
What’s more is the Lakers have earned each of the four victories on the 10-run rule.
The rule is designed to keep games civilized and sportsmanlike. If a team goes ahead by 10 runs, the game is officially over.
North Tahoe’s Wednesday game against Loyalton was rescheduled for Friday due to bad weather.
The Lakers will look to carry their momentum into their final contests of the season, a league doubleheader with rival Truckee. Those games are scheduled for Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. at North Tahoe Regional Park.
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