The Ely Times

Big innings were the order of the day for the White Pine High softball team at West Wendover March 15-16. They overwhelmed the Wolverines in a couple of league games 28-2 and 20-4.

Coach Mike Romero said there just wasn’t much competition from the Wolverines this time around. The Ladycats have a 21-2 record against the Wolverine girls since 2008 with both losses coming in 2017 when the teams split their four game meetings.

The games this time saw White Pine use a 16-run second inning in the first game and a 12-run third inning in the second game to overpower West Wendover.

Eva Kingston had a hot hand in the opener, accounting for four hits in the Bobcats 28-2 victory. She singled in the first, doubled in the second and third innings, and singled again in the fourth.

The 16-run outburst was led by singles from Haley Norton, Kaleigh Romero, Jessie Leyba, and Brenna Williams, two doubles by Kingston, and another by North, plus a walk to Nikki Whittaker

Leyba was the winning pitcher. She worked three innings allowing two runs on two hits, striking out five and walking one. 

Natasha Quintero was the losing pitcher for West Wendover. She gave up the first 10 runs on six hits, had three strikeouts and walked eight. Liz Ramirez pitched one inning of relief, surrendering 10 runs on five hits, no strikeouts and five walks.

In the second game, the Ladycats started out with a 10-0 lead after the first two innings, then gave up four runs to the Wolverines in their half of the second inning.

But in the third inning, White Pine registered nine straight walks or hit by pitch, five hits and 12 runs. There were walks issued to Malena Mcknight, Romero and Mallory Moore, an RBI triple by Norton, an RBI  single by Williams, and  two-run homer by Kingston.

Romero took the win for White Pine, allowing four runs on four hits, five strikeouts and five walks.

White Pine had 11 hits in the game and had eight players that stole at least two bases.      

The Ladycats have league triple header sets at home the next two weekends, hosting North Tahoe March 22-23 and Yerington March 29-30.