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Hotshots 8U team ends golden summer season

The Nevada Hotshots 8U softball team celebrates its Capitol Sports Association tournament championship in Napa, Calif.

Some extra attention to defense paid big dividends for the Nevada Hotshots 8U softball team as it recently capped off a successful summer season by winning the All World Sports World Series in Carson City.

The Hotshots won six straight games during the World Series on Aug. 5-6, five by shutout, to capture the 8U title. The Carson Valley team ended its season with a 32-1 overall record, including championships in six of the seven tournaments it entered.

"I've coached these girls for two years now and they were down at Line Drive U working on their hitting and pitching all winter, so they worked hard for this," coach Buck McLelland said. "And we placed a lot of emphasis this year on defense to support our pitching."

The Hotshots only allowed one run in their six World Series games. They started on Aug. 5 by defeating the Nevada Sharks, 7-0, Fernley Xtreme, 6-0, and the Sierra Silver Sluggers, 4-1. The next day, they defeated the Silver Sluggers, 5-0, and the Nevada Sharks 4-0 in the semifinals. The Hotshots defeated the Silver Sluggers for a third time, 8-0, in the championship game.

Among the season's top highlights, McLelland pointed out, was a championship on July 29-30 at a Capitol Sports Association tournament in Napa, Calif.

"That was definitely our big highlight," he said. "Playing against some of the top teams in Northern California, that really tested us."

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The Hotshots defeated the West Valley Slammers (San Jose) 3-2 in the semifinals followed by a 3-0 shutout of the Steal Breeze from Petaluma in the championship game.

McLelland said the Hotshots also won 8U tournament titles in Susanville, Fallon, Reno and another in Carson City this summer.

As a team, the Hotshots hit .541 this season and the pitching staff compiled a 2.28 earned run average with only 35 walks in 86.2 innings.

Team members include shortstop Kiyara Clark, left fielder Amanda Boehler, pitcher Sammi Boggs, right fielder Addison Chrzanowski, center field/second base Ava Gildea, second base/center field Morgan Gooch, catcher Marissa McLelland, center fielder Grace Strabala, left fielder Kira Northcutt, third base/pitcher Haylie Pledger, catcher/third base Peyton Simpson, right fielder Addison Skobis, first base/pitcher LaSade Conti and first base/third base Hailee Koontz.

The assistant coaches are Cale Boggs, Cliff Simpson and Steve Boehler.