North Tahoe softball | Lakers can’t keep pace at Incline |

North Tahoe softball | Lakers can’t keep pace at Incline

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Heidi Jimenez fires a pitch against Incline on Wednesday.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; The North Tahoe and Incline softball teams appeared destined for a tightly contested battle after the first inning of their Mount Rose League matchup in Incline on Wednesday.

But the Highlanders and#8212; technically the and#8220;visitorsand#8221; at the Incline Middle School field and#8212; heated up offensively in the middle innings en route to a 26-7 win.

and#8220;I think we’ll do better against them Saturday,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Eric Owens, looking ahead to the weekend doubleheader that will end the three-game league series.

The Lakers started off on the right foot Wednesday. After spotting Incline four runs in the top of the first, North Tahoe struck for three of its own off Incline starter Savannah McCunn in the bottom half of the inning to pull to within a run.

Things unraveled from there, however, as the Highlanders scored once more in the second before exploding for nine runs in the third and seven in the fourth off of North Tahoe senior Heidi Jimenez. They added another five in the fifth.

To their credit, the Lakers never threw in the towel, as they scored one in the third and rallied for three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Brittany Zeddies powered North Tahoe offensively. The junior smacked a solo home run and a triple while going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Ivy Altick added a hit and an RBI as Meghen Grijalva scored two runs and Samantha Jeffers and Kylie Henderson scored one run apiece.

The Lakers took advantage of 11 Incline walks and two errors, but their own six errors and numerous walks helped flame the Highlanders’ biggest innings.

North Tahoe is now 3-11 overall and 0-7 in league. Incline is 6-11-1 overall and 2-6 in league.

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