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Fallon becomes ‘Smoke’y during the holiday

The Tahoe Smoke club softball team felt both the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory during their first tournament of the summer Saturday and Sunday in Fallon.

The Smoke, which saw almost it’s entire roster turn over from last summer, fell the sting of defeat on Saturday. The squad dropped all three games on the first day of the two-day event. In the opening game of the tournament, the Smoke fell to the Reno Diamonds, 16-0 and followed that with another defeat, 20-2 to the Carson City Comets.

The final game of the day was against the Sparks Crusaders and the Smoke fell 20-1.



One of the bright spots for the Smoke on Saturday was the bat of Kendra Terry, who 3 for 5 in the three games.

But as bleak as Saturday looked, Sunday started on a completely different plateau for the Smoke.



Tahoe opened the day with a rematch against the Crusaders. This time, the Smoke got the better of the Crusaders, beating them 5-4.

Erika Schimmel got the call on the mound and threw a complete game for the Smoke.

The South Tahoe High freshman held the Crusaders to only three hits with one strikeout and four walks. She allowed four runs, with only two of them earned in five innings of work.

The Smoke was plagued by numerous errors in the three losses on Saturday, but buttoned down the hatches and only committed three the rest of the tournament.

From the plate, the Smoke’s big inning came in the second when with two runners on, Melissa Artzer belted a double to drive in Schimmel and Libby Bigelow.

For the contest, Artzer was 2 for 3 and Schimmel was also 2 for 3.

Bigelow and Erin Jameson both had singles in the win.

“We did hit the ball pretty well this weekend,” Smoke manager Rich Barna said. “I was really impressed with how well we put the bat on the ball.”

Tahoe’s win over the Crusaders vaulted them into the semi-finals where the Smoke ran into the Diamonds again.

Reno again shutout the Smoke, winning 18-0.

The Smoke will travel to Incline this weekend for their second tournament of the summer.


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