North Tahoe softball: Lakers take two from Whittell
The Lakers earned their first Northern 2A league wins with a doubleheader sweep of Whittell at Centennial Park in Carson City this past weekend.
North Tahoe came from behind to win a seesaw battle, 13-12, in Game 1 before routing the Warriors 14-4 in the second game, which was called in the bottom of the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lakers (2-4 league) were scheduled to host but instead held the games in Carson City due to snow on their home field, Connor Field, in Tahoe City.
Seniors Christina Lane and Shea Mesa pitched complete games in both contests, each picking up a win while recording six strikeouts.
“They both threw great games,” said North Tahoe head coach Richard Mesa. “We definitely let Christina down defensively in the first game. It shouldn’t have been that close.”
The Tahoe Basin rivals traded leads in Game 1, which was tied entering the bottom half of the seventh inning. Lane walked and stole second base to lead off the inning, and Mealani Mesa hit the game-winning single with no outs.
Mealani Mesa also sealed the win for North Tahoe in Game 2, as the sophomore blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to push the Lakers’ lead to 10 runs.
Coach Mesa was pleased with the Lakers’ effort in the second game, when they committed just two errors while collecting 10 hits in five innings, including a three-run home run by Lane.
While the Lakers had little trouble producing offensively in Game 1 ” they accumulated 16 hits, including a two-run home run by Shea Mesa ” coach Mesa said the team’s defense was not sharp, allowing a number of unearned runs.
Game 1: Shea Mesa 2-4, HR, 4 RBIs; Hilary Stoner 2-4; Christina Lane 2-4, 3B, 3 RBIs; Tara Turpin 2-3, 2 RBI; Samantha Jeffers 3-3; Heidi Jimenez 3-4, 3 RBIs; Mealani Mesa 1-2, RBI; Shannon Stack 1-5.
Game 2: Lane 2-2, HR, 5 RBIs; M. Mesa 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs; Stack 2-3, RBI; S. Mesa 1-3, RBI; Stoner 1-4, RBI; Turpin 1-2; Jeffers 1-2, RBI.