Hotshots split in tournament
Shaena Robinson’s bases-loaded triple ignited a four-run third-inning rally that lifted the Carson Valley Hotshots 16U softball team to a 5-2 victory against the Sweet Cleats on Thursday afternoon at the Triple Crown Sports World Series in Reno.
The Hotshots turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead, which provided more than enough support for Amanda Hoffman’s complete game pitching performance. Hoffman worked seven innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Hoffman was backed by a defense that recorded seven ground ball putouts.
Sweet Cleats had runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh inning before Hoffman closed the game out on a fly ball to Robinson in right field.
Makayla Shaver doubled, Mackenzie Brixey reached on an infield hit and Casey Peck was safe on an error as the Hotshots loaded the bases to start the third inning. Robinson cleared the bases with her triple to the gap in left-center and then scored on a two-out error.
The Hotshots added one more run in the sixth inning, sparked by Haley Doughty and Jailene Salciedo doubles.
Robinson went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Hoffman and Doughty went 2-for-4 to lead the team’s 11-hit attack.
Later on Thursday, Strike Force pushed across one run in the top of the sixth inning to pull out a 4-3 win over the Hotshots.
Peck and Shaver hit 2-for-3, and Brixey drew four walks and scored one run. Kettja Bennett was 1-for-2 with an RBI double that tied the score 3-3 in the fourth inning. Peck singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jasi McNinch to bring the Hotshots with 3-2 in the third inning.
Shaver doubled with one out to put the potential game-tying run on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, however, she was left stranded after a flyout, walk and ground out.
On Friday, Kylie Swan hit a three-run homer for the Hotshots in an 11-4 loss to the Athletics.
The Athletics took a 5-0 lead in the first inning before the Hotshots scored four runs in the third inning, highlighted by Swan’s home run to center field.