The Ely Times

The White Pine High softball team played three one-run games with visiting Pershing County last week. They split the double header on Friday, winning 8-7 in the opener but losing 10-9 in the finale, but won the Saturday game, 11-10, to remain in second place in the league, ahead of Pershing County, but still behind unbeaten Silver Stage.

White Pine got the lead late in the first Friday game for an 8-7 win. Tied at seven in the bottom of the seventh inning, Kailee Burgess ground out but the winning run managed to score. 

Both pitchers had their hands full as both teams had runners on base in nearly every inning. White Pine had nine hits and Pershing County had six and White Pine’s Jessie Leyba also walked six batters.

After the Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the second inning, Leyba tied the score at seven with a solo home run in the fifth inning.

The girls had notched three runs in the fourth inning on a single by Maleena McKnight and a home run by Brenna Williams.

Leyba was the winning pitcher, going all seven innings, giving up six hits, seven run and four strikeouts. White Pine had two home runs in the game, Leyba and Williams.

Pershing County tallied six hits. Daralyn Moura and Aimee Carpenter both had multiple hits. Moura was 3-for-4 for Pershing.

The second game on Friday saw the Mustangs break a scoreless game with eight runs in the fifth inning. Then they held off a four-run Bobcat rally in the bottom of the fifth and a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-9 win.

Pershing County’s eight run inning was sparked by seven singles and two Bobcat errors.

White Pine got four back in their half of the inning. Triples by McKnight and Haley Norton and a single by Williams helped account for the runs.

The seventh inning rally that fell one run short of tying the game was led by singles from Norton, Karleigh Romero and Taylar Drake.  

Colbey Wanner was credited with the win for Pershing County. She allowed 13 this, nine runs, struck out six and walked three. Romero was the losing pitcher. She pitched the complete game, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits, struck out six and walked one.

Saturday’s game was a thriller as Norton tripled on a 0-1 count to drive in the winning run and give the Ladycats an 11-10 win. It was her fourth hit of the day in five times at bat.

White Pine had built a five-run lead by the third inning, but then the Mustangs pushed across four runs each in the fifth and sixth innings. Wanner had a double, two singles by Moura and Carpenter in the fifth inning, then four straight singles in the top of the sixth inning and two White Pine errors and a 10-7 lead.

But White Pine put three runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth driven by singles from Williams, Romero and Drake.

Romero got the win for White Pine. She pitched the final two innings in relief of Leyba. Romero gave up one hit, åno runs, struck out two and walked none.   

Leyba had started for White Pine. She gave up 10 runs on 11 hits, in five innings, struck out four and one walk.  

Wanner was the losing pitcher. She went 6.2 innings. White Pine hit her hard collecting 11 runs on 21 hits. Wanner struck out four and walked none. She was also 4-for-5 at the plate.

Romero, Norton, Eva Kingston, Williams, McKnight, Drake and Leyba all collected multiple hits for the Ladycats.

This week White Pine (17-1, 13-1) will have the all-important three game set Friday and Saturday at league-leading Silver Stage (15-0, 12-0).  The teams played four times last year with White Pine winning three times.

The 2A Northern Division tournament is slated for May 10-11 in Yerington. The state tournament will be May 16-18 at The Meadows in Las Vegas.