It looked like the game was over. Yerington held a 1-0 lead on the White Pine Ladycat softball team with two outs in the seventh inning. Senior Amanda Allred stepped up to the plate, swung the bat and sent the ball right back toward the pitcher.
Instead of admitting defeat, Allred sprinted to first base. Her speed forced the Yerington pitcher to make a hurried throw. The ball sailed clear of first base and the two Ladycat athletes that had been waiting nervously on second and third capitalized on the error and scored the game-winning two runs.
“We won in pretty dramatic fashion you could say,” coach Krystal Smith said. “It was a great effort in not giving up.”
The 2-1 victory on Friday afternoon sent the Ladycats in the Divisional championship game on Saturday. In what ended up being a slightly less close win in a rematch against Yerington, the Ladycats won the divisional title with a 7-4 win. Smith credits the thrilling ending to Friday afternoon’s game as a momentum builder for the team.
“Friday night’s game was a phenomenal effort by our pitchers and our girls made some great defensive plays,” Smith said, adding that the sole run they allowed came in the first inning, after that the Lions were blanked.
Jane Murdock was the standout star of the weekend, going 6-10 from the plate in the team’s three games, including four RBI’s and a home-run in their 11-1 win against four-seed Battle Mountain Friday morning. Her second home-run scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Lions on Saturday ended up being the difference in the final score.
“She was our offensive leader,” the coach said.
Though the two games against Yerington proved to be difficult tests for the Ladycats, Smith was impressed with how her team overall came together to play.
“When you put together our ability to hit throughout the lineup, our solid pitching game and a solid defense behind them, we can play really well,” Smith said.
The team will see if they can keep the momentum rolling as they travel to Reno on Saturday for the double-elimination state championship tournament. The first team they face still leaves bad memories for last year’s players.
“Losing by one run to Needles in the seventh inning in the state championship is something that stays with you for a while,” Smith said. “We are excited to see them. If we play as well against them as we did this weekend, anything is possible that is for sure.”