Hotshots play well in San Diego
Despite having their playing time curtailed by rain last weekend, the Carson Valley Hotshots 10U and 8U softball teams enjoyed positive experiences at the California State Summer Games softball tournament in San Diego.
The 10U HotShots won two of three games in their age bracket, which included 26 teams from California and Nevada. The team posted wins against the San Carlos Force, 9-4, and Vegas Heat (15-1) last Friday, then dropped a 15-1 decision to the Clairemont All-Stars before rain washed out the rest of the schedule.
“Overall the team performed really well,” coach Joey McNinch said. “We had momentum to make a good run for the title, unfortunately, we fell victim to Mother Nature. It was a great experience for the girls to play in a tournament of this size and to participate in the opening ceremony activities at Qualcomm Stadium. I just wish we had the opportunity to face more teams.”
Bre Williams hit 5-for-7, Eva McNinch and Malia Deleon 2-for-3, Jessica Gmitter and Talia Tretton 2-for-4, Jo Jo Reid and Addie Doerr 1-for-2, Rylee Wyman 2-for-5, Neveah Kizer 2-for-6 and Ryleigh Blaire 1-for-3 to provide highlights at the plate for the Hotshots.
Williams pitched 6.1 innings, faced 36 batters and struck out 10. Also helping the team in the circle were Aspen Tollmann, Kylee Lange, Wyman and Doerr.
Meanwhile, the 8U Hotshots lost their opening game to a powerful Torrance (Calif.) squad and were competitive in the second game against Paso Robles, Calif., before rain began to fall.
Zora Simpson, Mae Sharpe, Ellie Boggs and Kaelyn Lange gave good performances in the pitcher’s circle, according to coach Joe Gooch. Kylie Minder, Simpson and Lange also contributed with their bats. Gooch also praised the defensive play of shortstop Dulce Franco and Boggs at second base, while Katie Norton came up with a good catch of a long fly ball to right field in the second game.
In addition to playing the games, the Carson Valley teams also had an opportunity to participate in the California State Summer Games opening ceremony at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the NFL San Diego Chargers.
“The opening ceremony was a blast,” said Gooch, who estimated that 20,000 people were on hand for the event. “Just going out on the Qualcomm field with 88 other teams was an experience to remember.”
Gooch added that the Hotshots also had a chance to watch the San Diego Padres in their 5-4 win against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Earlier this summer, the 8U Hotshots won a tournament title in Fernley and placed second at Incline Village. Both the 8U and 10U qualified for the California State Games with runner-up finishes at the Incline tournament.
The 10U Hotshots are also scheduled to play in tournaments Saturday and Sunday at Lake Tahoe. The Hotshots 8U, 10U and 12U teams are all entered in an ASA tournament on Aug. 1-2 in Napa, Calif.
The Hotshots 16U team went 2-2 Tuesday and Wednesday during the Triple Crown Sports World Series tournament in Carson City and Reno.
Kettja Bennett pitched a complete game five-hitter to help the Hotshots to a 7-2 win Tuesday morning against the Wildcats from Valencia, Calif. at Centennial Park in Carson City. Bennett allowed two runs to go with seven strikeouts and four walks over six innings. Mackenzie Brixey, Shaena Robinson and Kylie Swan hit 2-for-3 with a double each, while Casey Peck went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases to lead the offense.
Robinson and Peck also hit 2-for-3 to help the Hotshots post a 7-1 win over R&R Gold (Tracy, Calif.). Amanda Hoffman pitched 2.2 innings of one-hit ball and Jailene Salciedo allowed three hits and no walks over two innings.
On Wednesday, the Hotshots lost 12-7 to the Northwest Sidewinders (Snohomish, Wash.) and 9-1 to the California Destroyers (Madera, Calif.).
In that first game, the Hotshots were tied 6-6 going to the fifth inning before the Sidewinders scored six runs. Robinson hit 3-for-4 with a solo home run and Makayla Shaver was 2-for-3 with one RBI.