When it comes to the White Pine High School girls softball team’s schedule, they’ve saved the best for last. The Ladycats (8-0 in league play) will face their toughest challenge yet this season when they host Needles (6-0) for a double header starting at 10 a.m. at Marich Field. In what will be a rematch of the state championship two years ago, head coach Krystal Smith said that she’s just glad her team will hopefully face their first big test of the season.

“They are a tough program and they have great fundamentals. We know they are a well rounded team so we’ve been working on the small things so we’ll be ready to player at a higher level than what we’ve seen so far this season,” Smith said.

The Ladycats already passed their first test beating Mountain View Christian Academy on Friday 14-2 and 13-2. Smith credited another solid overall team performance for the win but specifically called out Debra Kingston’s strong hitting as the player that stood out to her.

“She hit one home run and was really close to hitting another one. She’s just been getting better and better at the plate and is a real asset to the team,” the head coach said.

And while Smith knows how tough Needles is, she said if the Ladycats can beat them, they should be ready for anything.