Coleville wraps up regular season title
Seniors Jamie Walton and Darrah Rich turned in outstanding pitching performances last week as the Coleville High School softball team wrapped up the Class A Northern Zone regular-season championship with a 26-2, 16-0 doubleheader sweep of visiting Eureka.
The wins guaranteed the Wolves, 13-1 in league, the North’s No. 1 seed into the state tournament, which is set for May 23 in Alamo.
In game one, Rich gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out eight. The Wolves were equally as impressive on offense, scoring 24 runs in the first inning.
Coleville coach Scott Bush was able to substitute for all his starters after the first inning. The two runs scored by Eureka were both unearned.
Jamie Walton and Brianna Bryant went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Rich went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs and Jennifer Masters went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Nicole Duffie, Lindsey Rudolph, Kourtney Ferguson, Kelly Ferguson and Megan Rich all had one hit. Rudolph also had four RBIs while Kourtney and Kelly Ferguson also had two RBIs.
Walton hurled a no-hitter in game two. She missed a perfect game – which was shortened to five innings based on an Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association mercy rule – because she hit the first batter of the game before retiring the next 15 in order.
Coleville scored six runs in the first inning and eight more in the second inning to pull away early.
Masters went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a host of Wolves had one hit.
Kelly Ferguson had a double and three RBIs.
Kourtney Ferguson and Rudolph added two RBIs and Duffie and Bryant had one RBI.
“These games were really important to us as a team, not just because they sewed up the title, but it proved that we cold play on our level event against competition that is not as strong,” Bush said. “Earlier this year, we seemed to be playing at the level of the competition and that has been of concern to me. (Saturday), Darrah and Jamie really took control early and the rest of the team responded.”
Coleville and Smith Valley, the No. 2 seed out of the North, are the favorites heading into the state tourney.
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