No postseason for WHS softball
Lovelock High pitcher Savahanna Kelly won both games of a doubleheader Monday at Zephyr Cove Park, shutting the door on Whittell’s season and shattering the Warriors’ playoff dreams in Nevada 2A softball.
“We were in a situation where we needed to win one and they needed to win three, and they got it done today,” said Warrior manager Lindsay Wines, referring to Lovelock needing to win three times going into its final four games.
Game one saw the Warriors jump out to an early 2-0 lead on the visiting Mustangs when Stephanie Evans lined a double to right field, scoring Sarah Piccola. Warrior first baseman Ashley Berns added to the scoring, roping a triple to right center, bringing home Evans.
However, Lovelock quickly answered back in the second Inning when left fielder Jennifer Ward drove in right fielder Debbie Carden on a single up the middle. Mustang second baseman Nichelle Irwin also produced a run, tying the game on a bunt single, scoring Kelly from third.
With the score deadlocked at 2, Kelly settled in on the mound and pitched four solid innings, allowing only one run on four hits over that span.
As the Mustangs successfully defended in the field, they poured it on at the plate as well, touching Warrior pitcher Meredith Shaw for 12 runs on 18 hits through seven innings.
With their backs against the wall, down 12-3 heading into the home half of the seventh, the Lady Warriors made a valiant comeback.
Sparked by a series of singles from the top half of the order, Whittell cut the deficit in half. Designated hitter Jenn Kalashian added two more, roping a double up the middle. After shortstop Stephanie Evans brought home two more on a single to right, the score was 12-10 and the Warriors were smelling a two-out rally.
With two runners on base, freshman Courtney Bowland came to the plate representing the winning run, but Kelly dug deep and struck Bowland out on four pitches to seal the victory for the Mustangs.
“I thought the girls showed a lot of character with that comeback,” Wines said. “We’ve been doing that all year.”
Riding high off their game one success, the second game saw all the Mustang bats heat up, dropping 16 runs on 14 hits off Warrior pitching.
With the 10-run rule in effect in a must-win game, the Warriors never stopped fighting and managed to put together a three-run fifth.
However, it was too little to late and the the Mustangs clinched a zone playoff berth when center fielder Debbie Cardenas made the final out on a force play at second.
“Basically, the difference in the games to today was that they hit us where we weren’t and we hit them right where they were,” Wines added.
While their spirits may have been down, Wines believed the Lady Warriors should hold their heads high.
“Last year, we weren’t even close to where we are now,” she said. “We came one game away from zone this year, so it was a great turnaround.”
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