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North Tahoe softball: Lakers, Highlanders to battle for final playoff seed

Sun Staff reports

North Tahoe and Incline finished the regular season with identical 5-7 league records after the Highlanders lost both games of a doubleheader against Battle Mountain this past weekend.

The Lakers and Highlanders, who split their doubleheader on April 25, will compete in a one-game playoff tiebreaker today at Sparks High School for the fourth and final postseason seed. Tiebreakers must be held at a neutral site.

North Tahoe head coach Richard Mesa, whose team had a bye week last week, said he plans to pitch senior co-captain Christina Lane.

The winner will face top-seeded Battle Mountain (12-0) in the first round of the regional tournament on Friday at 10 a.m. Pershing County (Lovelock) is hosting the tournament.

Second-seeded Silver Stage and third-seeded Lovelock play the same day at noon. Losers of the first-round games play each other at 2 p.m., while the winners face off at 4 p.m. The tournament continues on Saturday, with games scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon.

The top two finishers from the Northern and Southern regional tournaments qualify for the state championship, scheduled for May 22-23 in Las Vegas.

Friday, May 15, 2009 @ Pershing County High School, Lovelock

Game 1 – BATTLE MOUNTAIN (No. 1 Seed) vs. INC / NT (No. 4 Seed), 10:00 a.m.

Game 2 – SILVER STAGE (No. 2 Seed) vs. PERSHING CO. (No. 3 Seed), 12 p.m.

Game 3 – TEAM TBD (Loser 2) vs. TEAM TBD (Loser 1), 2:00 p.m.

Game 4 – TEAM TBD (Winner 1) vs. TEAM TBD (Winner 2), 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2009 @ Pershing County High School, Lovelock

Game 5 – TEAM TBD (Loser 4) vs. TEAM TBD (Winner 3), 10:00 a.m.

Game 6 (championship) – TEAM TBD (Winner 4) vs. TEAM TBD (Winner 5), 12:00

p.m.

Game 7 – “IF NECESSARY” to follow.

” From NIAA.com


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