By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High School softball team extended its winning streak to seven last weekend with wins over North Tahoe (by forfeit), Whittell (2-0) and Incline (9-0). The games also marked four-straight games (excluding the forfeit) where White Pine has shut out its opponents.
“Our defense played tough,” coach Krystal Smith said. “We minimized our errors, our corners (Jane Murdock and Debra Kingston) made tough outs, and our pitching was stellar. Bailey (Moore) pitched as near to a perfect game as possible, giving up no walks and only one hit. Alli (Huntington) allowed two hits and gave up three walks. Both girls, with a strong defense behind them, threw shutouts.”
The Ladycats saw big contributions from throughout its lineup, leading White Pine to extending its win streak.
“The weekend as a true team effort,” Smith said. “Some of our leading hitters struggled, but our mid to bottom of our line-up did a tremendous job filling that void. Jane Murdock hit the ball well, Amanda Allred had two consecutive stolen bases to solidify our Whittell win after Shania Hall began our 5th inning rally with a double, and Alli Huntington hit a two-run home run against Incline.”
While the Ladycats came home without a loss, Smith said the team is looking to improve in its performance at the plate against slower pitchers.
“We have struggled in the past against slower pitchers and those struggles flared up last weekend,” Smith said. “This is an area we will improve on and be ready for in the future.”
This weekend, White Pine hosts Battle Mountain at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday in the team’s final home games of the season. And Smith said she is looking for the team to make its final home games ones to remember.
“Our goal is to sweep the Battle Mountain series,” Smith said. “They have some strong hitters throughout their line up, but I’m confident after our performance last weekend that between our dominating pitching and much improved defense, we can slow them down. Offensively we need to have better timing in the box, improve pitch selection and focus on being aggressive base runners, keeping the pressure on their defense.”
There will also be a youth softball clinic after the 1 p.m. game on Saturday for all girls who signed up for the White Pine Fastpitch league.
“The Ladycats will be handing out t-shirts and popsicles to youth who attend,” Smith said. “We are looking for a large turn out in our last home games before divisions.”
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