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Lakers softball splits with Portola

Staff reports

The North Tahoe High softball team split a doubleheader with Portola on Saturday, winning the first game 7-2 and dropping the second 14-6.

Despite the fact that the game was played in Carson City, the contest was considered a home game for the Lakers, who still can’t play in Tahoe Vista due to the spring snowpack.

Lakers senior Kendra Haskill threw a no-hitter in Game 1, collecting 12 strikeouts while walking eight batters.

The Tigers’ two runs came on a pair of dropped fly balls in the outfield during the sixth inning.

Beside the strong pitching from Haskill, catcher Shea Mesa, third baseman Hilary Stoner, shortstop Christina Lane and second baseman Katie Freeman helped keep a tight lid on Portola’s bats.

The Lakers also put in a strong offensive effort led by Stoner, Freeman, Madi Walther, Alyssa McElwain and Michelle Harley, each of whom had hits. Haskill helped her own cause with two singles and a double.

North Tahoe crossed the plate once in the fifth inning and broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning.

“It was great to see the ladies put one together today,” North Tahoe coach Bill Freeman said. “This showed them that when we combine strong pitching with solid offensive and defensive play, we can compete with anyone.”

The twilight game was a different story, however.

Despite senior pitcher Katie Freeman tallying six strikeouts and walking just two Tiger batters in the second game, 11 Laker errors left North Tahoe walking away eight points behind the same team they had beaten earlier.

North Tahoe’s offense was solid early, with three hits and five runs in the third inning.

Stoner and McElwain both had singles while Lane collected a pair of singles and senior Madi Walther hit a home run.

But things fell apart for North Tahoe after the third inning.

Freeman said that his offense seemed to be in a coma, and his batters just could not find the gaps, hitting everything to Portola players.

What really broke the Lakers’ back was the errors.

“The errors really hurt us badly; without them we would have brought home two victories,” Freeman said.

North Tahoe travels to Winnemucca for a league doubleheader against perennial power Lowry on Saturday.