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Ranch Hands claim another title

They just keep going.

The Ranch Hands Softball team, dominant throughout the spring season, has now found a way to carry its winning ways into the winter season.

Playing in the Sparks Deep Freeze league, a winter league for avid softballers, every Wednesday since January, the Ranch Hands have finished another season undefeated, winning the championship game 24-12.

The Ranch Hands coed team was resigned to play in the men’s league as there was a shortage of coed teams (only one other team with a female player).

The Hands use the winter league as a warm up for spring tournaments and to get out of the house, according to Mitzi Hodges.

This year, the weather didn’t get too bad, except a couple of nights when there was a lot of mud and some rain. “The mud made sliding interesting,” Hodges said.

One thing the team finds interesting is that in this league teams play no matter what. In spring and summer leagues, games are canceled for conditions that are far less severe.

The team consists of members from Donner Summit (Mitch Brown, Hodges, Carrie Hoyt,) Truckee (Matt Ruge, Steve Tripp, Mike Baker,) Reno (Keith Prawalsky, Randy Tompkins,) Fernley (Kelli Hanson, Keith Krick and Kenny Roggensack) and Tahoe City (Ken Isola and Brent Dana.)

The Ranch Hands played the D Division last season and took second place.

World Series Competition

They also competed last October in the 1999 National Softball Association World Series in Utah and placed fifth in the Western United States in D Division.

They are sponsored by Donner Ski Shop, Donner Ski Ranch, Bob Stone from Stone’s Tire, and Cardinelli Construction, Pizza Junction, plus many sponsors who help with donations of $20 or more. Spring tournnament season is coming soon and the Ranch Hands are getting geared up.


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