Even after trailing on five occasions, twice in extra innings, the Carson Valley Hot Shots 8U softball club was able to go the distance Sunday and capture its age group championship at the All-World Sports World Series in Carson City.
The young Hot Shots rallied to force extra innings then rallied again in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 10-9 victory against the Nevada Sharks in the 8U championship game at Edmonds Sports Complex.
Sunday marked the conclusion of a four-day tournament that attracted 41 teams from Nevada and California. Games were played at Stodick Park in Gardnerville as well as Carson City.
The Hot Shots scored once to tie the score in the bottom of the fourth inning — the end of regulation play for the 8-year-old division — and then scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Carson City-based Sharks on a hot day. The three-hour contest saw 10 lead changes, according to Hot Shots coach Matt Tretton.
“It was just an amazing game of a never-quit attitude from the girls,” Tretton said. “They came into the weekend wanting one thing and that was there championship rings that they earned and I couldn’t be more proud of this group.”
The Hot Shots are 17-6-1 and have lost only three games since June 9, Tretton added. The team has made it to the championship round in three straight tournaments and won two of those.
“It was a hard-fought, exciting game that could have gone either way,” said Jim Dunn, director for the tournament and for All-Sports World. “Those little girls were out there and not a one of them showed any effects of the heat. They gave it their all.”
The Hot Shots trailed 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3 through the first four innings. They also came back from an 8-5 deficit in the sixth inning.
Addie Doerr, Talia Tretton, Jessika Gmitter and Malia DeLeon combined to hit 11-for-13 from the 2-3-4-5 spots in the order to lead the Hot Shots offensively, Tretton pointed out.
Kaelyn Lange ran out an inside-the-park home run to tie the score in the bottom of the fourth to send the game to extra innings.
Doerr also pitched 5.1 innings in relief, striking out 13 batters to provide a key for the Hot Shots.
In other games, the 14U Carson Valley Hot Shots also advanced to the championship round, where they lost to Reno Lava. No score was available.
The Hot Shots opened Thursday with a 5-0 win over the Fallon Force and scored 10 unanswered runs en route to a 10-2 win over the Solano Galaxy (Fairfield, Calif.). The Hot Shots fell into the losers bracket with a loss to the Lava, then defeated the Galaxy in a rematch to reach the finals.
In other championship games, the 18U Reno Diamonds scored seven runs in the fourth inning en route to an 8-2 win over the Carson City-based Nevada Yellow WildCats. In the 10U final, Lassen Chaos (Susanville, Calif.) defeated the NorCal Swaggerzz.
Dunn called the tournament a success.
“Everyone had a great time,” he said. “We had a lot of complements on how great the fields are and how great the people are.”
Considering the teams and families that visited from outside Carson Valley and Carson, the event provided a boost for the local economy, Dunn added.
“We had a great turnout for our opening ceremony (Thursday at Edmonds),” he said. “The park was absolutely packed ... I’d venture to say there were a couple of thousand people out there, including all the players.”