The Ely Times

Three wins over a strong rival definitely felt good for the White Pine High softball team as the month of March bowed out. A double-header with Yerington March 29 followed by a single-game March 30.

In the Friday opener, Eva Kingston tallied four hits leading the Ladycats to a 15-11 win.  

According to Gamechanger Media, Kingston hit a grand slam in the first inning, doubled in the third, doubled again in the fourth, and singled in the sixth. She just missed hitting for the cycle.

Both teams were banging out the hits in the first game. White Pine got 10, Yerington had 13.

The Ladycats roared loudly in the bottom of the first inning with eight runs. They smacked two home runs in the inning, the grand slam by Kingston and a two-run belt by Haley Norton.

Yerington rallied a bit in the sixth inning with five runs. Elizabeth Jodsaas, Alexceah Emm and Piper Davis all had RBI hits.  

Jessie Leyba was the winning pitcher. She gave up 11 runs on 13 hits, struck out five, but issued no walks.

The second Friday game was an 8-3 win for the Ladycats. They got on the board in the first inning scoring their first run when Mia Kemmler doubled to left field scoring Maleana Mcknight who had drawn a walk.

Karleigh Romero pitched a complete game for White Pine, going seven innings and allowing three runs on seven hits, one strike out and three walks.

Kingston got another homer on the day, a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning.

White Pine collected 13 hits in the game. Mcknight, Kemmler, Kingston and Maren Barney led the way. Mcknight was 3-for-3.

Saturday’s single game saw the Ladycats jump out to a 9-3 lead by the third inning, then have to hold off a rally from a group of hard charging Lions who tallied two runs each in the sixth and seventh inning before losing 9-7.  

The early lead was what helped White Pine in this game. Haley Norton singled to center field in the first inning to score Kemmler from second base and she beat the throw at the plate.

The girls increased the lead to 9-3 with four more runs in the third inning including a two-run double from Norton.

Leyba was again the winner for White Pine, three runs on eight hits, one strike out, no walks. Romero came on in relief in the fourth inning. She gave up four runs on four hits, but did get the final out on a popup to herself in the top of the seventh when Yerington had one on and two out.

This week, Friday and Saturday, White Pine (9-0, 5-0) is at winless Incline (0-8, 0-7) for a three-game set.

As April begins, unbeaten Silver Stage (12-0, 9-0) leads the 2A Northern softball standings. The Ladycats and the Nighthawks play April 26 at Silver Stage, the final league games before the playoffs.