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North Tahoe softball: Lakers green in 2010

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Community Submitted Photo/to swright@sierrasun.comNorth Tahoe junior Mealani Mesa winds up for a pitch as second baseman Kylie Henderson looks on. Mesa is the Lakers' primary starter.
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The North Tahoe softball team is starting from scratch in 2010.

The Lakers, who don’t have a single senior on their squad, return only five players from last year’s team, with none playing the same position.

and#8220;We’re very young, very green,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Richard Mesa. and#8220;We have a lot of girls who’ve never even owned a glove.and#8221;

With most of their practice time spent in the school gymnasium, and a roster that breaks down to three juniors, eight sophomores and four freshmen, it’s not surprising the Lakers have endured a rocky, 0-6 start.

Nevertheless, Mesa is encouraged by what he’s seen.

and#8220;They’re showing some enthusiasm and getting after it. But obviously it takes some time,and#8221; Mesa said. and#8220;What I like is the enthusiasm. They want to learn. What’s hampering them is practicing in the gym.

and#8220;We need to see live pitching, because there’s only so much you can do in the gym.and#8221;

Mesa has had sophomore Heidi Jimenez leading off the batting order, followed by Tannyr Pasvantis in the second slot, Mealani Mesa batting third and Samantha Jeffers hitting cleanup. Tara Turpin has been hitting sixth in the order, Kylie Henderson seventh, Madison Martin eighth and Sierra Aildasani ninth.

Mealani Mesa, a junior, is the Lakers’ primary starting pitcher, while she, Jimenez, Jeffers and Turpin serve as North Tahoe’s team captains. Mealani Mesa, who throws a fastball and changeup, struck out seven batters in the Lakers’ most recent loss against Coleville on Tuesday, in which Mesa, Pasvantis and Jeffers had North Tahoe’s only three hits.

and#8220;They’re definitely showing some potential,and#8221; coach Mesa said. and#8220;They’re coming around.and#8221;