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Sierra Lutheran posts first baseball playoff win

The Lady Wave celebrates Hannah Hitchcock's grand slam at home plate during Friday's regionals game.

Making its first playoff appearance in program history, the Sierra Lutheran High baseball team went 1-2 this past weekend during the Northern 1A Region Tournament at Smith Valley High School.

The Falcons, who came in as the West's No. 2 seed, opened with a 5-3 win Friday against Mineral County, the East's No. 1 seed. Sierra Lutheran lost 9-2 against Virginia City in the semifinals then was knocked out of the tournament Saturday morning with a 9-8 loss against Mineral County.

Sierra Lutheran coach Howard Houghton noted that the Falcons came a long way in their second season as a member of the Western A division. The Falcons finished with a 13-10 overall record, 10-2 in league play, compared to their 4-9 record in 2016.

"We did have a great season, especially when you compare it to last year," Houghton noted. "This year's team is exceptional in that we have no seniors. We played with three juniors, 10 sophomores and five freshmen. Our starting line up utilized three juniors, five sophomores and one freshman.

"Since we are not losing any players, we are expecting to do even better next year," he added.

The Falcons had lost 16-1 to Mineral County in an April 22 regular season game in Hawthorne.

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Virginia City (16-4) defeated Mineral County in the title game on Saturday, 13-2. The two finalists play in the state tournament starting Thursday in Las Vegas.

NORTHERN 1A SOFTBALL

The Coleville Wolves dropped two straight games in the region tournament at Smith Valley.

The Wolves, the Western division regular season champion, opened with a 17-9 loss on Friday against Mineral County and then was eliminated by Whittell, 12-7. Mineral County came into the tournament as the East's No. 2 seed and Whittell as the West's No. 2 seed.

Whittell won a 14-10 elimination game against Mineral County and then dropped a 10-0 decision against Wells in the championship game on Saturday.

Coleville ended its season with an 18-8 overall record (10-2 league). Whittell advances to state with a 12-7 record.

NORTHERN 4A BASEBALL

Galena turned back Spanish Springs, 16-15, in an eight-inning region tournament championship game Saturday at Bishop in Reno.

Spanish Springs fought back to win four straight elimination games, including a 5-4 win over five-time defending champion Reno and then a 17-3 win over Galena in the first game of the championship round.

The final game box score showed that the two teams combined to use 13 different pitchers who allowed 31 runs, 26 hits and 26 walks. The Grizzlies received six bases-loaded walks during the game.

Galena (23-3), which finished third in the regular season, advances to the state tournament this week in Las Vegas.

NORTHERN 4A SOFTBALL

Julia Jensen pitched a complete game and struck out 10 Saturday as Reed defeated Bishop Manogue, 4-2, to wrap up a perfect run through the region tournament Saturday in Reno.

Offensive support came from Allie Hughes, who slugged a three-run homer in the third inning, and Rheanna Smith with a solo home run in the sixth.

Jensen, who has signed to play for the Nevada Wolf Pack, bested Damonte Ranch 3-1 on Friday to set a state record with her 95th career victory. The previous record of 94 set by Wooster's Brianne McGowan in 2000-03.

Reed (34-2-1 with 29 straight wins) now advances to the 4A state tournament this weekend in Las Vegas.

NORTHERN 3A BASEBALL

Two Elko area rivals battled down to the wire Saturday in the region in South Lake Tahoe finals before Spring Creek bested Elko in the finals, 10-9.

Elko rebounded from a 7-6 loss to Spring Creek on Friday and defeated Churchill County in an elimination game on Saturday, 4-1. Elko forced an if game with a 9-7 win over Spring Creek in the championship round. Spring Creek's Spartans (25-8) won the final thanks to three-run rallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The two finalists now move on to the 3A state tournament in Las Vegas this weekend.

NORTHERN 3A SOFTBALL

A two-run sixth inning rally lifted Churchill County to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over rival Fernley Saturday in the region tournament finals in South Lake Tahoe.

The Greenwave from Fallon advanced to the title game with a 10-0 win over South Tahoe and 15-0 win over Fernley. The Greenwave trailed 2-1 going to the sixth inning in the final.

Churchill County (28-4) will ride into Las Vegas this week with a 27-game win streak into the state tournament and bidding for its third state title in four years. Fernley also advanced to state.

NORTHERN 2A BASEBALL

Yerington won three straight games on its home field to secure its second straight region tournament title over the weekend.

The Lions opened with 4-3 wins over West Wendover and Battle Mountain on Friday and then defeated West Wendover in the final on Saturday, 15-0.

Yerington (29-2) is advancing to the state tournament in Las Vegas with an 18-game win streak. The Lions have absorbed both of their losses this season against opponents from Southern California. West Wendover also advances.

NORTHERN 2A SOFTBALL

Yerington came in as the No. 2 seed, but repeated as the region tournament champion with three straight wins on its home field, capped by a 7-6 win Saturday against West Wendover.

Yerington opened with a 12-5 win Friday against White Pine then knocked off No. 1 seed Pershing County in the semifinals, 5-2. The Lions had lost two their three regular season meetings to Pershing County.

Yerington (26-5) will take an 18-game win streak into the state tournament. West Wendover opens Thursday against Lincoln County, which swept two games from Yerington in the championship round at last year's state tournament.