Hotshots take on another big tournament
There is no rest this week for the Carson Valley Hotshots 16U softball team.
The Hotshots, who went 2-4-1 during the Triple Crown Sports Nationals last week in Gardnerville, are back on the field to play in the Triple Crown World Series tournament being held in Carson City and Reno/Sparks.
The Hotshots played twice on Tuesday at Centennial Park in Carson City and have two more games scheduled today at the Reno Sports Complex. They play at 8 a.m. against the Northwest Sidewinders (Snohomish, Wash.) and then at 9:45 a.m. against the California Destroyers (Madera, Calif.).
Coach Eddie Doughty was pleased with the team’s performance last week at Stodick Park, including back-to-back wins on Thursday against the New Mexico Sundancers (Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Friday against the Blue Angels (Southaven, Miss.).
“The girls played great,” he said. “We definitely showed last week that we can play with anyone.”
The Hotshots defeated the Sundancers 7-1 Thursday, as Amanda Hoffman pitched a complete game four-hitter with no walks and Haley Doughty hit a two-run double in the seventh inning.
On Friday, the Hotshots took an early 4-2 lead and held on for a 6-5 win over the Blue Angels, as Mackenzie Brixey doubled and scored key runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Hoffman also pitched 4.2 innings of six-hit ball in relief to earn credit for the victory.
The Hotshots came back immediately afterward and dropped a 12-4 decision to a talented Nevada Lightning squad in the finals of their bracket. In that game, the Hotshots took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Hayley Fein, who was Northern Division I Pitcher of the Year for Spanish Springs High this spring. Doughty walked with one out, Shaena Robinson singled, then Hoffman and Casey Peck followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
“That Nevada Lightning 98 team is all high school juniors and seniors,” coach Doughty noted. “Our team is mostly freshman and sophomores. These girls will play together through high school and that chemistry is one of the main components to our success.”
Robinson and Chloie Pratt slugged two-run homers in the first inning Sunday night to put the Hotshots on top early on their way to an 11-5 win against the Ladyhawks from Southern California at Stodick Park.
The Hotshots took a 6-0 lead in the first inning.
Robinson, who also homered against the Lightning on Friday, finished the game with three RBI on two hits. Jasmine McNinch and Peck had two hits each while Kylie Swan contributed a first-inning double.
Hoffman pitched hitless ball over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out four.