By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High School softball team is only one win away from securing a number one seed in the postseason. If the Ladycats can defeat the West Wendover Wolverines at home on Tuesday, it will be the first top seeding in coach Krystal Smith’s eight years as head coach for the team.
“It will be quite the feat if we can pull off one more win and enter the playoffs as the top seed,” Smith said.
If that wasn’t already enough pressure, the final conference game of the regular season will also serve as senior night. As such, it will be the last high school conference game for seniors Amanda Allred, Alli Huntington and Trasie Heggie.
“We would love to see as many come out and support our seniors and our team in this last home game,” the coach continued.
The Ladycats defeated West Wendover 5-1 on the road Tuesday, led by junior Teal Hussey’s two runs. Also contributing to the win was sophomore outfielder Ashlyn Huntington, who “surprised” Smith with her accurate hitting in the game.
“Huntington went 3 for 3 in the game against Wendover, which was a pleasant surprise. She is one of our quickest athletes and has been doing a really nice job improving her game as the season goes on,” the coach said.
After a loss against Yerington ended the Ladycats 10-game win streak on April 18, momentum seems to be building once again with three straight road victories. The team found their swing in a double-header on Saturday against the last place Silver Stage Nighthawks, winning 12-0 and 24-3, both by fifth-inning mercy rule.
Smith said that she was “proud” that her team was able to regroup after their loss against an overmatched opponent.
“It was a really good showcase for our offensive, defensive and pitching talent,” she said.
Allred led the team in the first game against the Nighthawks, going 4-4 from the lead off position. McKenna Windous, Teal Hussey and Jane Murdock all hit well in the first game, scoring two runs a piece.
“We went into the Silver Stage games strong in both offense and defense,” Windous said. “We came ready to hit and each contribute offensively which really helped us do better as a team.”
“We had five homeruns in two back-to-back games which was an amazing thing to witness and be a part of.”
Shania Hall had her best game of the season in the second game against Silver Stage, scoring five runs. Debra Kingston hit two out of the park and totaled for four runs.
“[Kingston] hit back to back homeruns, which is really something coming from just a sophomore,” Smith said.
Murdock and Hussey also each recorded a home run in the blowout win.
The senior night game against West Wendover will start at 4 p.m. Tuesday.