Hotshots 12U team captures state title
The Nevada Hotshots 12U traveling fast-pitch softball team defeated the Majestixs All-Stars, 11-9, on June 18 to win the Nevada ASA state championship in Las Vegas.
By winning, the Hotshots secured an invitation to the ASA 12U Western Nationals, which will be held on July 31-Aug. 6 in Portland, Ore.
In the Father’s Day championship game, the Hotshots rebounded from an early four-run deficit against the Majestixs, who were playing on their home field at Majestic Park in Las Vegas. Catcher Neveah Kizer lit a fire for the Hotshots with a home run in the third inning.
The two teams went back and forth before the game came down to an international tie-breaker.
Eva McNinch had three singles and a double to lead the Hotshots at the plate. Kizer, Emma Stagliano and Addy Doerr each had two hits, while Amy Neff, Talia Tretton, Emma Glover, Aspen Tollmann also contributed hits.
The Hotshots had cruised into the championship round with a 12-0 win against the Majestix and 15-0 win over the Sin City Aces one day before.
Coach Joey McNinch credited the team for a hard-fought win against an opponent that was motivated by that earlier loss to the Hotshots.
“An all-around team effort and our ability to stay upbeat and focused through pressure of the game is what enabled us to prevail,” coach McNinch said. “The girls showed determination and resilience, and I am proud of that. Aspen was a rock for us in the circle and our fielders did their jobs to support her.”
Tollmann pitched the distance to earn credit for the win, striking out seven batters.
The Hotshots will be fundraising to offset costs for their travel to the Western National Tournament in Portland. Coach McNinch explained that donations from community members and fans are “greatly needed and truly appreciated.”
Contact coach McNinch at 775-291-3137 for information.