Hotshots 8U, 10U teams win titles
The Carson Valley Hotshots 8U and 10U softball teams ended their summer season schedules on a positive note last weekend when they emerged as champions during the All World Sports World Series in Carson City.
Players from both teams received championship rings. The 14U Hotshots also earned runner-up honors in their bracket and the Hotshots’ 12U squad took fourth-place.
The 8U Hotshots won seven straight games — scoring 47 runs while allowing one run — to cap off their season with a 20-3 record. The Hotshots defeated Sutter Buttes (Yuba City/Marysville, Calif.) on Sunday in the championship game, 4-0. The Hotshots also edged Sutter Buttes in pool play on Saturday, 1-0.
“We played them three times in the last two weeks … they’re a very good, very well coached team,” said Hotshots coach Joe Gooch. “We’ve just been playing good ball. The girls have been playing with a lot of heart.”
Other standout performances during the tournament were turned in by Katie Norton, Keeley Qualls, Kylie Minder and Madisyn Gooch, the coach added. Mae Sharpe and Kaelyn Lange also combined to pitch a no-hitter.
One week before, the Hotshots dropped a 1-0 heart breaker in their championship game against the Petaluma Steal Breeze in Napa, Calif.
“The intensity of that game was incredible,” coach Gooch said. “Watching that game, you didn’t get the feeling 8-year-olds were playing. It was just good softball.”
Coach Gooch acknowledged the work of a coaching staff that included Anthony Lange, Steve Norton, Jody Qualls and Scott Hyde.
“We had a great run this season and I’d like to thank all the support we had from of our parents and I’d like to thank my coaching staff,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the 10U Hot Shots won three straight games en route to their third straight tournament championship.
The Hotshots were 4-0 in pool play, followed by three straight wins in the single elimination bracket play on Sunday at Edmonds Sports Complex. They defeated the Carson Sharks in the finals, 6-1.
“We’ve peaked at the right time as a team, ending the season with the ultimate win,” coach Joey McNinch said. “The Sharks have always been rivals of ours over the years and meeting them in the championship was no surprise.”
Earlier on Sunday, they defeated the Reno Maniaxs, 7-0, and then took a 7-3 victory in the semifinals against Fernley Dynomite.
Bre Williams pitched all three games on Sunday. She faced 49 batters and struck out 31 in 12 innings of work. Rylee Wyman relieved Williams in the first two games and worked four innings.
At the plate on Sunday, Williams and Neveah Kizer led the team with six hits each. Kizer had three doubles, three singles, and five RBI. Williams had six singles and one RBI.
Wyman contributed a triple, two singles and three RBI, Aspen Tollmann had a double, two singles and four RBIS, Eva McNinch had three singles, Ryleigh Blaire had a double, single and an RBI, Talia Tretton had two singles and an RBI and Addie Doerr had a single.
“Our girls came to play, and played to win,” coach McNinch said. “I’m proud of the way that each of them has grown this season.”