The Battle Mountain High School softball team did its part to stay in the postseason hunt with a sweep of North Tahoe this past weekend in Lake Tahoe.
The Lady Longhorns outscored the Lakers 59-3, rebounding from three losses to Pershing County the week before, as the coaches invoked a positive feeling into the girls during the week.
Battle Mountain won Friday’s single game 21-1 and swept a doubleheader on Saturday 20-0 and 18-3 to even its Northern 2A record at 9-9.
Battle Mountain sophomore Kira Smith allowed just one unearned run and four hits to help lead the Lady Longhorns to the victory in the circle in three innings. She struck out three and walked two.
Battle Mountain led 7-1 after an inning of play and added eight runs in the second and six more in the third to end the game early by the 15-run mercy rule.
Ten different Battle Mountain players had a hit, with 16 hits as a team. Marissa Rogers paced the squad going 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Lynzee Develyn, Jenna Leavitt and Destiny Villenueva each had two hits. The trio combined for five RBI and eight runs scored. Grace Cahill hit her first career home run and had three RBI. Alma Chavira, Sarah Berumen, Sierra Leavitt, Keetna Smith and Kira Smith all had one hit.
Kira Smith was just as dominant in Saturday’s first game, allowing just two hits in the shut out win. She faced just two batters above the minimum. She had three strikeouts and a walk.
The contest lasted three innings as well, as Battle Mountain scored eight runs in the first inning and were never challenged. The Lady Longhorns added five runs in the second inning and seven more in the third.
Reagan Buller and Rogers each had three hits. Rogers added a home run and had seven RBI and two runs scored. Buller had four RBI and two runs scored.
Jenna Leavitt, Sierra Leavitt, Keetna Smith, Berumen and Villenueva had one hit apiece.
BMHS completes sweep
Battle Mountain needed four innings to win the finale but was never threatened by North Tahoe.
The Lady Longhorns built an 8-0 lead after two innings of play and added 10 runs in the fourth inning. The Lakers scored three times in the bottom of the third inning but it was not enough to keep the game going.
Develyn paced Battle Mountain with three hits and Rogers, Cahill and Jenna Leavitt each had two hits.
Kira Smith picked up her third win of the weekend in the circle, as she allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work. She struck out four and walked one.
Pershing County (18-0), White Pine (15-2) and Yerington (12-5) have clinched three of the four playoff spots for the Northern 2A Regional Championships to be played in Battle Mountain on May 11-12.
Silver Stage (9-7) is currently fourth and Battle Mountain (9-9) is fifth.
Battle Mountain closes out the regular season this week at Incline, beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. A doubleheader follows on Friday at 2 p.m. The Lady Longhorns need to sweep all three games from Incline and have Silver Stage lose twice to Yerington this weekend to make the playoffs.