By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High School softball team recovered from a 3-1 loss to Yerington with wins against Pershing County (6-1) and Silver Stage (5-3) last weekend. But it was the Ladycats’ wins against Lincoln County on Monday (8-0 and 7-0) that had coach Krystal Smith pleased.
“It was night and day from how we played over the weekend,” Smith said. “This weekend, we never seemed to get into a groove. We played five inning games and we struggled offensively and gave up too many unearned runs against Yerington. We played Silver Stage and had to come from behind.”
But where White Pine had difficulty over the weekend, the Ladycats scored a combined 15 runs against the team that knocked them out of the state tournament in 2012.
“They came in very confident,” Smith said. “We knew it was a big game. We lost to them last year and I think the older girls had it in the back of their mind to make a statement and let them know we’re a contender.”
Bailey Moore pitched a no-hitter in the first game of the double-header and the White Pine kept Lincoln County from advancing a runner to third in either game.
“The defense was able to step up and make some plays,” Smith said. “Shania (Marques) made some great plays at second base and we’re seeing a lot of progression in our younger kids.”
Though the Ladycats went 4-1 in their last five games, Smith said she is looking to find more consistency with the team’s bats and looking to score runners on a consistent basis. White Pine had runners in scoring position in the first and second innings against Lincoln County, but failed to bring any home.
“We talked about that today,” Smith said. “We had runners at second and third in both the first and second innings and weren’t able to get anyone across from strikeouts and weak swings. It wasn’t that they made great plays, we just kind of bounced the ball back to them. Obviously we need to focus on scoring runs when get runners into scoring position.”
While White Pine is still looking to work out the kinks, Monday’s games were another indication that the Ladycats will be a major contender come the end of the season. But Smith said she is pleased with the progress the team is making.
“We’re progressing,” Smith said. “We set the bar pretty high to begin with and had to take a step back this weekend and recognize we’re young and trying to learn about each other and play this game at a high level and there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the road. I told them today if you didn’t believe that we’re a good team, today should strengthen your belief. I think Lincoln is the strongest team out of the south and for our younger kids to see they’re on a good team and an essential part of success was good.”
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