By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine Ladycats softball team finally felt the sting of 6-1 home defeat on Friday against the Yerington Lions. The loss ended the Ladycats 10 game winning streak they had maintained for close to a month. Team coach Krystal Smith said that while her pitchers kept the team in the game, a below average hitting day ultimately did them in.
“We had a hard time getting our timing in the batter’s box,” Krystal Smith said. “I believe we had nine or 10 strikeouts that game. We just had difficulties hitting the ball and on defense we committed uncharacteristic errors that just kill you against a good team like Yerington.”
Smith used the loss to shake up the lineup a bit and try to get her team refocused for their second game against the Lions on Saturday. In what turned out to be a battle, the Ladycats were able to find their swing in the second game, coming away with a narrow 8-7 victory.
“Jaden Ernest came through for us in Saturday’s game, going two for three at the plate,” Smith said. She also credited Alli Huntington’s run off of an error by Yerington in the sixth inning as a pivotal momentum swing that led to the victory.
“It took us a game to get our bats going, but once that happened, we were unstoppable,” junior player Ernest said after the win.
Sophmore Debra Kingston also made her presence known, recording three RBI’s and batting a .333 in Saturday’s game.
The split weekend dropped the team to 9-1 in conference play, tying them for first place in the division with Yerington.
The Ladycatswon’t get another practice in until Thursday after enjoying some time off for Spring Break. Smith said that the Junior Varsity squad will be back in action on Friday against Yerington again and the Varsity girls will play back to back conference games against Silver Stage on Saturday.
“They have a few strong athletes but overall if we play our game against them we should be in good shape against them,” the coach said.