North Tahoe softball: Lakers tune up for big games |

North Tahoe softball: Lakers tune up for big games

QUINCY Christina Lane came up a home run short of hitting for the cycle Wednesday to help lead the Lakers to an 18-8 rout at Quincy.The nonleague win improved North Tahoes overall record to 10-7-1 entering Saturdays crucial league doubleheader against Incline.Lane, a senior co-captain, went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs. She also pitched two innings, while Shea Mesa threw three innings and Mealani Mesa got in one inning of work before the game was called on the 10-run mercy rule. Shea Mesa had four strikeouts and Lane three. The Laker offense accumulated 12 hits in the game, with Shannon Stack, Heidi Jimenez and Shea Mesa each picking up two knocks. Jimenez and Shea Mesa had a double and three RBIs apiece, while freshman Samantha Jeffers drove in two runs.

Much is at stake when North Tahoe and Incline square off at Connors Field for a league doubleheader Saturday.The Lakers are 4-4 in the Northern 2A and Incline 2-4 (10-7 overall). With Pershing County, Silver Stage and Battle Mountain all but assured postseason berths, both coaches believe this weekends matchup will determine the fourth and final playoff seed. Ive let them know that this will tell the season, said North Tahoe head coach Richard Mesa. Theyve got to pick it up right now.Del Youngblood, head coach of the Highlanders, echoed Mesas thoughts.If we want any shot of making the playoffs, we have to play well, he said. If we can split, that helps, but if we can take both that helps us in a big way.Its a given Silver Stage, Lovelock (Pershing County) and Battle Mountain will be there, the coach continued. So theres one spot to be had.Youngblood said he expects a competitive battle for playoff rights.How weve matched up with them is the past is that weve always been able to compete with them, he said. They may be a little bit stronger in pitching, but I dont think theyre any stronger hitting or defensively than us.

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