The White Pine High softball team won all three of its games last weekend at home against North Tahoe. “They really weren’t very competitive games,” said coach Mike Romero. “We thumped them pretty good in all three,” a 20-0 two-hit shutout Friday, followed on Saturday by 18-2 and 16-4 blowouts, each game only lasting four innings.
“By the second or third innings of each game,” he said, “we had such a big lead I took the varsity out and put in the younger players to get them some experience.“We used our younger pitchers Karleigh Romero and Mia Kemmler quite a bit in the first two games and they showed really well. Our varsity players didn’t get much playing time. North Tahoe’s pitchers were not very good and walked a great number of batters. We didn’t have a lot of hits in any of the games, mostly scoring on walks, so we really didn’t have the big explosive inning, just fairly steady inning by inning.”
The Ladycats have not lost to North Tahoe since 2013, now at 9-0.
This weekend, White Pine plays at Silver Stage. Romero said he expects the Nighthawks might be a good team this year. “They have some new people who have moved in since the opening of a Tesla electric car battery Gigafactory in their area,” he said. “I hear they have a pretty good new pitcher who moved in.
They recently played Pershing County fairly tough, so it might be a competitive game for us.”However, if history holds any weight, the Bobcats have a better record against the Nighthawks than they do with North Tahoe, 10-0 since 2011. And Silver Stage had never scored more than five runs in any of the games, including having been held scoreless the last three meetings.