Hotshots lose in finale to Lightning
After playing four days against opponents from across the country, maybe it was fitting that the Carson Valley Hotshots and Nevada Lightning 16U softball teams faced each other in the championship game of their bracket at the Triple Crown USA Nationals Friday afternoon.
Nevada Lightning, a Northern Nevada all-star team that includes two starters from Douglas High, scored six runs in the first inning and went on to post an 12-4 win over the Hotshots at Stodick Park.
Allison Meyer, a senior-to-be at Douglas, hit a leadoff double to ignite a six-run first inning that gave the Lightning a lead they never relinquished.
The Hotshots took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Lightning ace Hayley Fein, who was Northern Division I Pitcher of the Year for Spanish Springs High this spring. Haley Doughty walked with one out, Shaena Robinson singled, then Amanda Hoffman and Casey Peck followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
The Lightning stormed back in the bottom half of the inning. Meyer, who has given a verbal commitment to play softball at George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.), doubled down the first base line and scored on a single by Megan Lawson (Bishop Manogue High). Later, Douglas High product Corryne Diaz drew a bases loaded walk to make it 3-2 and Meyer capped the rally with an RBI single. Meyer went 3-for-4 in the game.
Robinson blasted a long home run over the left field fence as the Hotshots pulled to within 6-4, however, that’s as close as they would get.
The Hotshots had just come off the field from a 6-5 win against the Blue Angels (Southaven, Miss.) to advance to the finals of their bracket.
Mackenzie Brixey hit doubles in the fourth and sixth innings and scored both times to give the Hotshots 5-3 and 6-4 leads. Brixey doubled with two outs in the fourth and scored when Amanda Hoffman put a full-count pitch into play for an infield single.
Hoffman earned credit for the win as she pitched 4.2 innings of relief and worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with only one run allowed in the fifth. Hoffman gave up two runs on six hits.
The Hotshots, 1-3-1 Tuesday through Thursday in games played at Stodick Park, were 7-1 winners Thursday against the New Mexico Sundancers (Rio Rancho, N.M.), as Hoffman pitched a complete game four-hitter with no walks and Doughty hit a two-run double.
“It was good to get in the win column,” said Eddie Doughty, Hotshots coach and president of the Carson Valley Fastpitch girls softball association. “It took a while for the kids to adjust to the speed of the game when you play at this level, but I think we got over the hump today.”
The Hotshots tied Texas Stix Gold (Austin) 3-3 on Tuesday, then the next day, dropped a 15-7 decision to Minors Gold (Lake Elsinor, Calif.) and lost 7-6 to the Texas Hot Stix.
More than 60 games in the 64-team 16U age bracket were played Tuesday through Friday at Stodick and Lampe parks in Gardnerville. Doughty descributed the tournament a success for the Hotshots as well as the community. Games in the 16U division were also played in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee area, in addition to 14U and 18U division games in Reno/Sparks. The top tier championship games were played on Friday at the University of Nevada in Reno.
More than 60 games in the 64-team 16U age bracket were played Tuesday through Friday at Stodick and Lampe parks in Gardnerville. Doughty called the tournament a success for the team and community.
“Just the economic impact, this tournament has had a tremendous impact for local businesses,” he said. “It’s been a win-win situation all the way around.”