Suddenly it’s summer. On Saturday, June 16, Pershing County savored the season-opener of one of its top sports.
“My muscles are sore, but my heart is full,” said Daphne Gurley, the president of the newly-formed Lovelock Softball Association.
Other board members include Trevor Gurley, Lindsay Williams, Chastity Arnett and Cassie West.
On and off MacDougal field, the league hit a home run.
PJ Williams, an aspiring Eagle Scout, helped Sheriff Jerry Allen barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers. Summer Stanton, an accomplished vocalist, sang the National Anthem.
At the concession stand, Fallon Henderson and Aledda Samm served up chips, candy and cold drinks. Little kids played on the slide. A yellow lab and a wiener dog watched from shady spots with their owners.
Six teams left it all on the field. The Lovelock Paiute Tribe sent the Weekend Warriors. The Station 19 Crazies represented Pershing General Hospital.
Other teams included the County, the Swamp Donkeys, the Inys and Outys and Jim’s Point.
“I’ve never played softball before,” said Eva Matuszyk. “I’m super nervous.”
But nerves didn’t slow down the Lady Mustang’s assistant soccer coach. Eva played a mean first base for the Inys and Outys.
Afterward, some players felt the burn.
“I’m so tired,” said Rachel Craspay, from the Pershing County team.
Her teammates Barrie Medeiros and Zoie Williams agreed.
“My legs are sore,” said Barrie.
“Fun- but feeling it,” said Zoie.
However, on Monday evening the teams rallied for their first official games. Results were not available at press time.
The softball association hosts tournaments every Monday and Thursday evening through August 2. The games begin at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at MacDougal Park.
“Thanks to everyone who made today amazing,” said Daphne Gurley. “We’re happy everyone loved opening day.”