Title pretty in pink: Guarino, Smith and Killeen lead Pink Ladies to High Sierra championship | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Title pretty in pink: Guarino, Smith and Killeen lead Pink Ladies to High Sierra championship

Paul Andrew

Krissy Guarino pitched a championship gem, striking out 13 Orange Crush batters as the Pink Ladies held off a late rally to win the High Sierra ASA majors championship 9-6 Thursday at South Tahoe High’s Field of Dreams.

Catcher Kim Smith singled four times, stole three bases and crossed the plate four times in the victory. Teammate Ashley Killeen singled, doubled and tripled, scoring three times for the winners.

This was the third straight championship for this team, coached in tandem by Mike Guarino and Vince Smith.

“This was the most challenging year,” Krissy Guarino said. “The ASA is really stepping up.”

The scoring for the champions began early, with Jenny Williamson and Guarino each driving in a run in the first inning.

The Crush answered in their half of the first on a triple by Shayna Butler, who was driven home on a double by Cindy Lucero.

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The Pink Ladies scored three runs in both the third and fifth innings, despite solid pitching by Lucero.

Down 8-2 heading into the sixth, the relentless Orange Crush didn’t quit. A walk to Catie Fonken, followed by a Sara Barton single, a Butler double and single by Lucero put the Crush right back in the game as they cut the Ladies’ lead to 8-6.

An insurance run in the top of seventh gave the Pink Ladies all they would need. Guarino took charge again, striking out five of the last six batters to secure the 9-6 win for the girls in pink.

“Our girls worked hard but just couldn’t come through in the end,” said Crush coach Steve Kolesnik. “It was a fun season and a great bunch of girls.”

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