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Smoke qualifies for Incline semifinals

Growing up doesn’t come without a price, and that’s what the Tahoe Smoke, a South Lake Tahoe club softball team, is experiencing in its infancy.

After being roughed up at the Fairfield Tournament June 5-6, the Smoke rebounded to earn a come-from-behind victory at the Incline Tournament last weekend.

Trailing the High Sierra Storm 5-0, the Smoke exploded for 10 runs in the sixth inning to pull out a 10-5 victory. Winning pitcher Vanessa Porter struck out four batters.



The victory propelled the Smoke into the tournament semifinals. However, the San Mateo Blitz, which posted a two-hit 11-0 shutout win over the Smoke earlier in the tournament, avoided an upset with a 10-1 victory.

Stephanie Evans, Heather Roderick and Kendra Terry pounded out hits for the Smoke.




“We played that team much better the second time around. We played a lot more intense and made a lot fewer errors. We actually looked like ballplayers,” said Smoke coach Rich Barna.

Before the semifinal round, the Smoke lost 12-0 to the Reno Diamonds, striking out for 14 of its 15 outs; and had some outstanding performances in a 4-0 defeat to the Nevada Lightning as Porter fanned 10 and Kim Stovall was 2 for 2 at the plate.

At the Fairfield Tournament, the Smoke’s Roderick had the only hit in a 17-0 defeat to the Sacramento Strikers; Roderick struck out four in a 9-0 setback to the Redding Renegades; Stefanie Terry, who was 3 for 7 for the tournament, produced the lone hit in an 8-0 loss to the Sacramento Flames.

The Smoke will take off this weekend before heading to the Reno Tournament June 26-27 at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks.


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