Nearly 40 softball teams are participating in the Northern Sierra Fastpitch State Tournament, which wraps up with single elimination tournament play today.
Four Carson Valley HotShots teams are participating in the tournament, which started Friday morning and continued Saturday with seeded games.
The Carson Valley Girls Softball Association’s four HotShots traveling teams are well into their seasons, and they have brought home several championship titles.
The 8U HotShots have played in four tournaments, making championship appearances each time. They earned first place at the Reno Classic and the Carson City Classic and second place at the Walker River Qualifier in Yerington and the Desert Valley Shootout in Fernley.
“The most important thing at this age is that they are building memories and friendships and having a great time,” said 8U coach Bigg Jacobsen. “It’s an honor to coach such talented young people.”
The 10 U HotShots are working hard and improving by leaps and bound. With one returning player from last year, and much of the team being first time travel ball players, they are 11-6 on the year.
“Our defense has been outstanding,” said coach Jeanine Bluehorse. “We’ve had some pick-offs, double plays and awesome catches.
With each tournament, the girls gain more confidence and continue to learn how to trust each other on the field. They are having fun and learning a ton about the game.”
The 12U HotsShots have spent a large part of the season playing in the “A” Tournament Circuit, a division intended for players who exclusively play tournament ball. The HotShots, technically a “B” team comprised of recreational league players, have been unstoppable, bringing home five first place trophies and one second place trophy in six championship appearances.
“We are enjoying the caliber of softball that we face in the “A” tournaments. Our girls are challenged, and it enables us to become sharper as a team,” said 12U coach Eddie Doughty. “We’re forced to keep our hitting strong, and we are not able to slack defensively. The girls are more engaged at this level, and it’s been a great experience for everyone.”
The 14U HotShots, coached by Brian Peck and Don Swan have been competitive in the “A” and “B” circuit. They have played in four tournaments and have had two first place finishes and one second place finish.