Last week, the White Pine baseball and softball teams were heading to Lovelock. On tap was the beginning of the 2A Northern league season.
The teams piled on the bus and off they went. It was to be a two-day affair, a triple-header Friday and Saturday to kick off things. Who doesn’t like road trips?
Hopes always run high when a new season starts, and the Ladycats were looking to break a four-game losing streak to the Mustangs, including all three last year after having won the previous eight meetings since 2011.
For the boys, they have not done as well against Pershing County having lost 9 of 10 since 2011.
But as the bus got to Austin, both coach Quinn Ewell and coach Mike Romero reported they received a cellphone call to turn back, the games at Pershing County were postponed due to too much snow on the field.
No reschedule date has been announced yet.
Romero was fortunate because he had a makeup game with Lincoln County already on the books for this Tuesday, so the girls got some game experience in.
However, in Panaca the Ladycats dropped an 18-17 slugfest that was a 4-all tie in the fourth inning.
White Pine scored first, one in the first and three in the second inning. Lincoln County tied the game with a grand slam home run in the third inning.
Then everything broke loose. Lincoln scored eight runs in the fourth inning for a 12-4 lead. But the Ladycats scored eight runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning and things were tied again.
But Lincoln scored five times in the sixth inning for a 17-12 lead. White Pine managed to tie the game again with three runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Lincoln got the winning score with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Brittany Kingston, Eva Kingston and Rebecca Hall all had home runs for White Pine.
Eva Kingston was 5-for-5 at the plate and Maleana McKnight was 2-for-2.
The Bobcat boys did not play as they do not have Lincoln County on the schedule this year.
Up next for the softball and baseball teams is a triple-header with North Tahoe Friday and Saturday in Ely.
Then both teams will be off for spring break and pick up action April 6 at Silver Stage.