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Lady Warriors sweep North Tahoe in Gardnerville

Douglas Etten
detten@tahoedailytribune.com

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. – One 12-2 win wasn’t enough for Rich Barna’s Lady Warriors softball team Saturday, so they duplicated efforts versus North Tahoe in Gardnerville and came home with a two-game sweep of their Mount Rose league rival.

“We played North Tahoe working in some of our younger players to prepare for the playoffs,” Barna said. “We will play North Valleys today and use this game to tune up our bats for faster pitching heading into the playoffs.”

A 21-hit performance in game one was the story offensively. In the circle on defense, Marissa Besson stole the show as she recovered nicely in game one from a two-run first inning, and settled down from there.

Besson went five innings, struck out eight, walked five and surrendered just those two first-inning runs. The two hits she gave up in the first were the only two she allowed also as she gave way to Amanda Harris in the sixth. Harris faced just four batters, struck out two of them and earned the save.

Offensive stars in game one for Whittell included Emily Harris and Rachel Laub who finished with two hits apiece. Laub went two for two from the plate while Harris was two for three. They also scored three runs each in the game one win.

Besson, aside from being dominant in the circle, earned herself one hit at the plate. Kendal Ferris, Tori Jiminez and Gianna Miller also had one hit each for Whittell.

In game two it was much of the same for the Lady Warriors, who on Barna’s designated ‘senior day’ had a bit of fun with his team in the afternoon match-up. He allowed the seniors to designate themselves a starting position to begin the game and it worked well from there.

Six hits and six stolen bases were enough to mix with the 12 walks issued by the North Tahoe pitching staff. It equaled another lop-sided win for the Lady Warriors who ran away 12-2.

Sara Gillespie and Amanda Harris teamed up in the pitchers position for Barna. Harris got the start and earned the win as she went four innings. In her first appearance of the season she was impressive, walking just two and striking out the same. She allowed just one hit. Gillespie went an inning, walked three and struck out one.

Offensively it was one hit apiece for Laub, Nicki Simon, Gillespie, Besson, Sarah Tencher and Bri Brewer. Laub’s hit was a double.

The team wrapped up it’s regular season play Tuesday in Reno where they faced North Valleys High School. Friday brings the first round of zone playoffs where the team will play host to Silver Stage High School in a best of three game series. Game time is set for 1 p.m. Friday at Zephyr Cove Park.


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