The 12U and 10U Carson Valley Hot Shots traveling softball teams have brought home state titles from the recent Northern Sierra State Tournament.
The U10 team made quick work of the championship ride, taking the title in three games from the winners bracket, while the U12 team overcame the challenging losers bracket to earn the trophy.
After tough competition dropped the 12U Hot Shots to the losers bracket after the first day of the double elimination tournament, the team battled back to beat Elko Inferno (4-3), Fallon Force (15-0) and Walker River Pride (15-2) for a spot in the championship game. The team's final challenge was to outplay the home-team, Desert Valley Dynomite, who were previously unbeaten in the tournament.
The Hot Shots delivered a stinging 10-2 victory over the Dynomite to force a decision game. With momentum in their favor, they rallied to win the final game 7-2 and bring the title home to the Carson Valley. The U12s committed only three errors in twenty-three innings and out scored the opposition 47-9 on their way to the top.
Head coach Eddie Doughty said, "These girls never lost faith in each other and always believed they were coming home as state champs. Watching them play in the heat for almost ten hours was enough to earn admiration from any coach or parent. Their will to win and achieve what they worked so hard for was impressive."
The 10U Hot Shots topped the Reno Predators (10-0) and the Carson City Sharks (14-3) for a position in the championship game. It was the Carson Sharks who made a comeback from the losers bracket to play the Hot Shots in the final match-up. The Hot Shots jumped out to an early lead, tallying runs in the first two innings, and they then managed to hold back the Sharks for the victory.
For the weekend, pitchers Janae Blue Horse, Alyssa Smokey, Deztiny Vaughan and Jailiene Salciedo delivered 35 strikeouts and allowed only six runs.
Offensively, Joie Maki, Sierra Sullivan and Vaughan knocked doubles for the Hot Shots and Maggie Usher (6), Jasmine McNinch (3), Smokey (3), Maki (2), Blue Horse, Alexandria Salciedo, J. Salciedo Sullivan, and Madeline Boyer each had singles.
Head coach Joey McNinch said, "I'm proud that the team hasn't lost focus on the prize during the tournament season. We have remained strong at the plate, solid in the field and aggressive in the pitcher's circle."
Doughty added, "The hard work put forth by Carson Valley Girls Softball Association coaches, parents, players, board members, and community sponsors is what helped turned this Hot Shots program into a northern Nevada powerhouse, and we're not finished yet."
The two winning teams now head to Sacramento to play in the All World Sports World Series, July 11-15.
The 12U HotShots team includes players Taryn Allmett, Keitja Bennett, Kenzie Brixey, Faith Connelly, Haley Doughty, Casey Peck, Mackenzie Peters, Madi Peters, Jordyn Pinochi, Chloie Pratt, Madison Rodgers, Madison Rozier and Kylie Swan. They are coached by Doughty, Brian Peck, Don Swan, Eddie Pratt and Tracy Connelly.
The 10U HotShots team includes players Ivy Barnes, Janae Blue Horse, Valerie Blue Horse, Madeline Boyer, Joie Maki, Jasmine McNinch, Alexandria Salciedo, Jailiene Salciedo, Alyssa Smokey, Sierra Sullivan, Maggie Usher and Deztiny Vaughan. They are coached by Joey McNinch, Jeanine Blue Horse, Willie Smokey and Landon Boyer.