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North Tahoe softball: Lakers take down Highlanders for final playoff seed

Sun Staff reports

SPARKS, Nev. ” North Tahoe defeated Incline 15-4 in Monday’s one-game tiebreaker to earn the fourth and final Northern 2A playoff seed.

The teams finished the regular season this past weekend with the same 5-7 league record after splitting their doubleheader on April 25.

Senior co-captain Christina Lane, who pitched the Lakers to victory in the teams’ first meeting, again got the better of the Highlanders, throwing a complete game with five strikeouts and three walks at the neutral site in Sparks.

“Christina did a fantastic job,” said North Tahoe head coach Richard Mesa. “She really, really battled well.”

She had plenty of support, as the Lakers smacked 15 hits in the game. They were led by a 3-for-4 day at the plate by Mealani Mesa, who added three RBIs. Tara Turpin also was 3 for 4, Hilary Stoner 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Lane 2 for 3 and Shannon Stack 2 for 2. Shea Mesa contributed two RBIs.

With the fourth seed comes a tough task for North Tahoe, which faces top-seeded Battle Mountain, undefeated in league play at 12-0, in the opener of the postseason tournament held at Pershing County High School (Lovelock). The game is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m.

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.

Shea Mesa 0-2, 2 RBI; Hilary Stoner 2-4, 2 RBI; Shannon Stack 2-2; Christina Lane 2-3; Mealani Mesa 3-4, 3 RBI; Tara Turpin 3-4; Samantha Jeffers 1-4; Heidi Jimenez 1-3; Shelby Adams 1-3.

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

Game 1 – BATTLE MOUNTAIN (No. 1 Seed) vs. North Tahoe (No. 4 Seed), 10 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 p.m.

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

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

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

Game 6 (championship) – TEAM TBD (Winner 4) vs. TEAM TBD (Winner 5), 12 p.m.

Game 7 – “IF NECESSARY” to follow.


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