The Ely Times
Defending 2A state girls softball champion White Pine High began the 2019 season this past week sweeping all four games they played in Mesquite.
Coach Mike Romeo said, “Usually we go to a tournament in Needles, but with a number of the girls coming off the state championship basketball team, they were not able to get in the required number of practices to allow us to play in Needles, so we opted for something in Mesquite. We faced Tonopah, Mountain View, Fredonia, Arizona, and Laughlin.”
However, only the Mountain View score was posted, a 15-8 win for the Lady Bobcats.
“Most of the games were fairly widespread, but the Laughlin game was a bit closer,” Romero said, “maybe five runs.”
In 2018, as the Bobcats won their first title since 2005, the girls had a record of 27-12-1. And although they were second place in the league to Pershing County, they did win the 2A Northern Regional tournament and the state tournament, both times over Pershing County.
The Bobcats return five starters from last year’s team but will have to replace the two senior pitchers who graduated.
Top players this year include Eva Kingston (Sophomore), CF. She was the 2A Northern division MVP. Other players are Jesse Leyba (Junior) P, Karleigh Romero (Sophomore) P, and Brenna Williams (Senior) C.
White Pine has only one senior on the team Romero notes, “So we are a lot younger than last year. We’ll have a few growing pains, but I think we’ll still be tough. The bar is still held pretty high.”
The Ladycats had a game scheduled with West Wendover March 13, but Romero said it was cancelled. The next games are a double header at West Wendover March 15 and a three-game set with North Tahoe in Ely March 22-23.
Meanwhile, the Bobcat baseball team is 2-2 on the new season, having split their four games at the Cougar Classic in Laughlin last weekend.
The boys had a 6-0 win over Round Mountain and 10-0 win over Wells, but a 7-3 loss to Liberty Baptist and a 12-1 loss to host Laughlin.
This week, the Bobcats were supposed to play West Wendover in Ely on Wednesday, then turn right around for a league triple-header at West Wendover this Friday and Saturday.
March 22-23, the Bobcats host North Tahoe in a league triple-header.