Hotshots softball face tough tests |

Hotshots softball face tough tests

Staff Reports
Hotshots pitcher Amanda Hoffman delivers the ball to a Minors Gold batter Wednesday morning at Stodick Park.
Brad Coman |

The Carson Valley Hotshots have stepped up this week to face some high level competition both at home and in Southern California.

In Triple Crown USA Nationals play, the 16U Hotshots went 1-3-1 Tuesday through Thursday in games played at Stodick Park. The Hotshots were 7-1 winners Thursday against the New Mexico Sundancers (Rio Rancho, N.M.) at Stodick Park, as Amanda Hoffman pitched a complete game four-hitter with no walks and Haley Doughty hit a two-run double in the seventh inning.

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.

The Hotshots play today against the Blue Angels (Southaven, Miss.) at 1 p.m. at Stodick park. The Triple Crown tournament ends today with championship games at the University of Nevada in Reno that will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Meanwhile, the Hotshots 8U and 10U teams are in San Diego for the California State Summer Games starting with games today. The U8 Hotshots open at 11:30 a.m. against an opponent to be determined and the 10U squad plays at 9:45 a.m. against the San Carlos Force.

Both Carson Valley teams qualified for the California tournament with their second-place finishes earlier this summer at Junior Olympic qualifiers. The U8 Hotshots are coached by Joe Gooch and the 10U team is coached by Joey McNinch.