By Dave Maxwell
Special to The Ely Times
Snow on the field made it difficult for the White Pine High softball team to get in some quality work on the field this week. So, the Ladycats have been practicing in the gym.
But the snow will melt, and the girls will soon again be out on the field.
Second-year coach Mike Romero said six returning starters from last years team are back. The Ladycats were 17-13, 15-6 2A Northern last year, but lost to Yerington and West Wendover in the regional playoffs.
Romero says his top players are expected to include First Team All-Conference Brittany Kingston (Sr. P/OF) and Isabelle Romeo (Sr. P/2B).Behind the plate will be junior Jenna Williams, Second Team All-Conference.
Seniors Rebecca Hall and Nina Lopez will help to anchor the infield.
He said, “I also have a good core of younger girls and this is the most we’ve had turn out with 22 players. Our JV program is going to be strong and with those 22, I’ve got to decide week-by-week who is on varsity and who is on JV. And I have six or seven incoming freshman, including Eva Kingston, who are pretty experienced.”The 2A North is a strong region to play in Romero notes, with Yerington and Pershing County perennial favorites.
This weekend, Thursday through Saturday, the Bobcats take part in the 20-team Colorado River Invitation in Needles, California. Each team is expected to get five games in.
The following week, March 16, they travel with the baseball team to Pershing County and jump right into league play with a double-header.
As to whether the Ladycats have a good chance to make the state playoffs,Romero can certainly hope for that, as will the players. The last time the girls were state champions was in 2005 in which they repeated their 2004 win.