Valley softball players shine in tournament
One-run games were a routine occurrence for the Carson Valley Hotshots 16U softball team last weekend during its 5-1 run at the Gold Halloween Bash ASA 18U tournament in Roseville, Calif.
The Hotshots won five straight games, four by one run, before they dropped a 4-1 decision at the hands of Reno Heat in the championship game Sunday at Maidu Park.
Amanda Hoffman, a sophomore at Douglas High School, pitched the Hotshots to four wins over two days. The winning pitcher in the championship game, ironically, was Douglas High junior Madi Peters with a 6.2-inning performance.
“Madi pitched a great game,” Hotshots coach Eddie Doughty said of Peters. “The Heat have pretty much been the team to beat in Northern Nevada for quite a few years, so it was exciting that our young team had an opportunity to play a team like that. It’s a good measuring stick for us to see where we stand.”
The Hotshots began their tournament run on Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Oakdale (Calif.) Lady Rebels. Kylie Swan’s two-run homer in the fourth inning ignited a four-run rally that put the Hotshots on top for good. Swan hit 2-for-2, plus Hoffman tripled. Hoffman pitched four innings of four-hit ball with five strikeouts and one walk.
Next, the Hotshots used a five-run third inning to erase an early 3-1 deficit en route to a 7-6 win over Absolute Blast. Kenzie Brixey hit 2-for-2 with three RBI. She tripled in the second inning and homered in the third inning. Haley Doughty also hit 2-for-3.
Absolute Blast scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and had runners on the corners, only to see Jailene Salciedo ring up a strikeout to close out the complete game win.
The Hotshots came back to post a 3-2 win over the Nor Cal Firecrackers when Brixey drew a bases-loaded walk that brought Doughty home with the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning. Doughty also delivered an RBI single in the fourth.
Hoffman closed out the game when she pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam on two fly outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. She pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits.
On Sunday, the Hotshots slipped past the Nevada Comets, 3-2. The difference was one run in the fourth inning and one more run in the top of the seventh after Swan tripled and scored on a single by Hoffman.
Hoffman allowed one run over the final four innings to earn the win. She allowed one run and had runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh, but got the final out to end the game. She struck out two, walked none and surrendered five hits.
Casey Peck’s two-run double to left field sparked a four-run rally in the top of the fourth inning that was the difference for the Hotshots in their 6-5 win over All American Mizuno. Hoffman retired eight straight batters after coming on in the third inning to earn the win.
“I think I added a few wrinkles and maybe a gray hair or two from those one-run games,” Doughty said, chuckling. “But like we told the kids, to play in close games like that, and to win them, is a great testament to them.”
In the finals against Reno Heat, Brixey went 1-4 and scored the team’s only run in the seventh inning.
Peters, who is in her first season with the Heat, struck out five and allowed one run on five hits. Her sister, Mackenzie Peters, also delivered the game-winning hit for the Heat against the Dirt Dogs earlier on Sunday.