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Hot Shots look for challenge in big tourney

The Carson Valley Hot Shots 16U softball team entered the Triple Crown USA Nationals this week looking for a good challenge.

Impact Gold-Coronado provided a formidable test right off the bat Tuesday morning, as the team from Pearland, Texas (Houston area) opened with an 8-1 win over the Hot Shots at Stodick Park.

Sixty-four U16 teams are playing through Friday in Gardnerville at Lampe and Stodick parks as well Lake Tahoe’s North Shore and Truckee. The tournament will continue through the weekend, with 14U and 18U division teams playing in the Reno/Sparks area.

The Hot Shots started well enough in the top of the first inning Tuesday when Mackenzie Brixey hit a leadoff double off the left field fence and scored on Shaena Robinson’s double to center field. Impact Gold answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, as Lauren Shepherd singled one run home and scored the go-ahead run. The Hot Shots loaded the bases in the second inning, however, Impact Gold pitcher Savana Mata struck out the next three batters to end the rally. (Mata earned second-team all-region honors as a freshman for Pasadena Memorial High this spring.)

Today, the Hot Shots play the Minors Gold (Lake Elsinore, Calif.) at 10 a.m. on Field 1 at Stodick Park.

“This is an exciting time,” coach Eddie Doughty said. “This tournament has the best teams in the country, so it’s a real stepping stone for our team.”

The Hot Shots won the Golden Eagle Classic in Sparks and went 2-2-2 over the Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas. They received contributions up and down the lineup in Las Vegas.

Brixey slammed a two-run homer to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Hot Shots to a 3-1 victory on July 4 against the Arizona Thundercats. Brixey hit 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Amanda Hoffman pitched all four innings, allowed four hits and one walk to earn credit for the win.

Robinson also went 2-for-3 with a home run and Casey Peck 2-for-4 with one RBI in a 10-2 win over the Batbusters on July 4.

On July 3, Makayla Shaver and Jailene Salciedo homered in a 7-7 tie against the Thundercats, a game in which Kettja Bennett pitched four innings of five-hit ball with seven strikeouts. Hoffman also hit a two-run homer for the Hot Shots in a 2-2 tie with the Firecrackers.

In a July 5 contest, Hoffman doubled three runs home in the third inning of a 4-3 loss to the Orange County Batbusters.

Last month, Hoffman pitched a five-hit shutout to beat the Valley Stompers in Folsom, Calif. Bennett hurled a one-hitter to blank the California Comets, 13-0, in the Golden Eagle Classic semifinals.