Lakers softball runs into solid Lowry team
The North Tahoe High softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader, 11-1 and 12-2, at defending Northern 3A champ Lowry on Saturday.
Despite having to leave by bus at 6 a.m. for the four-hour journey to Winnemucca, the Lakers were excited to play.
“The girls were really stoked to take on last year’s 3A state champs,” said Lakers head coach Bill Freeman. “Due to injury and a couple of uncommitted girls who decided to take an early vacation, we only had nine girls who could play; but they were a very focused nine.
“We called ourselves the ‘300’ after that new movie where 300 Spartans are so overwhelmingly outnumbered by the Persians in the battle of Thermopyle. I was very proud of the way they went after the Buckaroos despite some overwhelming odds.”
Senior pitcher Katie Freeman started the game and, in what coach Freeman thought would be a strategic move, was replaced in the second inning by senior Kendra Haskill.
“Katie and Kendra have different pitching styles with everything from their delivery technique to their speed to their location being different,” the coach said. “I was hoping to keep them off balance by changing pitchers nearly every inning.”
But the Buckaroos demonstrated why they were last years state champs as they quickly put up 11 runs in five innings to win on the 10-run mercy rule.
Haskill picked up the only hit for the Lakers and scored the lone Laker run in the first inning. The bright spot of the game, coach Freeman said, was sophomore Christina Lane’s appearance on the mound in the last inning.
“She pitched well,” coach Freeman said. “In fact, she did so well that we decided to have her start the second game.”
The Laker bats remained quiet in the twilight game as Haskill again picked up the lone Laker hit, this time on a triple that scored Lane, who had reached base on a walk.
Coach Freeman was happy with Lane’s pitching as well as the Lakers’ defense, as they held Lowry scoreless for the first three innings.
“I don’t think the girls ever thought they were out of that second game,” he said. “They battled to a 2-0 lead for three innings behind some solid defense and Christina’s pitching. She had a great outing for her first varsity start, and they were a very strong team.”
Besides Lane, coach Freeman credited outstanding defensive play by catcher Shea Mesa, third baseman Hilary Stoner, shortstop Kendra Haskill, second baseman Katie Freeman, first baseman Shannon Gilmore and left fielder Madi Walther.
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