McKenna Windous throws a pitch in the Ladycats first game of a home double-header against Needles on Friday. (Garrett Estrada photo)

McKenna Windous throws a pitch in the Ladycats first game of a home double-header against Needles on Friday.
(Garrett Estrada photo)

When the White Pine High School Ladycat softball team took the field on Friday against Needles, they knew they were going to be tested. What they didn’t know is that the first game of their home double-header would turn out to be the Ladycats closest battle of their conference season to date.

Entering the seventh inning, the Ladycats found themselves in a spot they haven’t been in all season, down a run and needing to score. Two runs later the Ladycats switched to defense up one run looking to silence the hot hitting Mustangs. Freshman Brittany Kingston provided her team the defensive spark they needed, catching a line-drive on the mound that earned a round of applause from the rain soaked crowd. A couple of quick plays by catcher Teal Hussey, including throwing the final out to first, sealed the 13-12 comeback win.

“Our girls found ways to get outs when we needed them the most. I love their mentality of continuing to fight and push on. It shows mental toughness to comeback the way they did and I think that is a testament to our team’s maturity in having girls who have been there before,” head coach Krystal Smith said.

Early into the second game of the day, things looked like they were going to go down to the wire again, with the Ladycats holding a narrow 2-1 lead over the Mustangs going into the fourth inning. But veteran pitcher Shania Hall never let the Mustangs catch up once the Ladycats started to score at will, leading to a much more comfortable 11-3 win.

Smith said that the hard fought wins leaves the Ladycats in great shape mentally going into their final two-conference games of the regular season at first place Lincoln County High School on Friday.