The Ely Times

White Pine’s softball team clinched the 2A Northern Division softball title last weekend with a three-game sweep at Silver Stage. The Nighthawks had been unbeaten on the season until facing then Ladycats.

It was their first league championship inj the 2A Northern League. They won the 2015 title while members of the 2A Southern League. 

As noted in the report, White Pine came from behind with a seven run rally covering the sixth and seventh innings for a 7-4 win in the first game of the Friday doubleheader, then scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning for an 11-10 win in game two.

On Saturday, Mia Kemmler had a four-hit day powering the Ladycats to a 20-3 rout of the Nighthawks.

In Friday’s first game, White Pine snagged a late lead and went on to a three run victory

The Ladycats were trailing in the top of the sixth inning when Kendra Burgess belted a three-run double into right field and took the lead 7-3.

Up until then, Silver Stage held a 3-0 lead based on three runs they scored on a single by Alanna Taylor in the first inning.

White Pine added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Kaitlyn Romero and a passed ball at home plate that allowed Meleena Moore to score from third base.

Jessie Leyba then quickly got the outs in the Silver Stage seventh to preserve the win.

Leyba got the victory. She went seven innings, allowed four runs on eight hits, two strikeouts and four walks.

Kaitlyn Brannon took the loss for Silver Stage. The first loss of the season for the Nighthawks. She gave up seven runs on nine hits, struck out 11 and walked two.

Kemmler was 3-for-4 at the plate for White Pine.

Friday’s second game was another tight one and the Ladycats won it with a run in the top of the seventh inning.

Both teams scored four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game at 10 including a three-run home by Morgan Osborne for Silver Stage.  

In White Pine’s seventh inning, lead off batter Eva Kingston belted a solo home run in what proved to be the winning run in an 11-10 win.

In Silver Stage’s seventh inning, White Pine pitcher Karleigh Romero set down the Nighthawks in order.

Romero went all seven innings, gave up 10 runs on 10 hits, struck out six and walked three.

For the Nighthawks, Aubrey Damm started on the mound, worked three innings giving up four runs on seven hits. Brannon pitched four innings in relief and the Ladycats hit her hard, collecting seven runs on 11 hits.

Saturday’s single game saw Kemmler come up with four hits leading White Pine to a 20-3 win and a sweep of the series. She singled in the second, third and fifth innings and doubled in the fourth.

Kemmler, Kingston, Haley Norton and Brenna Williams accounted for four RBIs apiece.

The girls banged out 19 hits in the game and had a big eight-run fifth inning highlighted by Kingston’s three-run homer, a two-run double by Traci Drake, and a two-run single by Norton.

This week, White Pine (20-1, 16-1) closed out the regular season hosting Lincoln County on Tuesday in a non-league matchup. Silver Stage (18-3, 15-3) still has a three-game set at Yerington (12-11, 12-6) this weekend to finish the league season.

The four-team 2A Northern League playoffs will be May 10-11 at Yerington High School. The 2A state tournament this year is May 16-18 at The Meadows High in Las Vegas.  

In the 2A South, Needles (13-5, 8-0) and Lincoln County (15-6, 8-2) are ranked 1-2 going into their league tournament May 9 -11 at Mountain View High in Las Vegas.