Coach Jordan McKinney returns for her fourth year as head coach of the Lady Mustangs softball team. Actually, it’s her third since Covid shut down spring sports in March 2020.
At last season’s awards night she said, “In baseball and softball you are challenged every pitch, every game. The real success is learning from your mistakes.”
Last season the girls said goodbye to Senicka Happy, now an alum and enrolled in cosmetology school. She was the team’s only senior. McKinney described her as the glue that held the team together.
Senicka Happy, Anna Happy and Yasmine McKinney earned 2A Honorable Mentions in June 2021. Taylor Garland made the second team. Bela Rosas and Aledda Sam landed on the first team. In all likelihood, they’ll return to support the Lady Mustangs this season. The roster was not available at press time.
Lovelock hosted the 2021 2A regionals on a cold, rainy morning last May.
Pershing County softball scored a 17-7 win against Incline. The Mustangs got knocked out of the race when they lost to Yerington (13-0) the next day.
From there it was all about Yerington, Battle Mountain and Silver Stage. The Nighthawks booted the Longhorns out of the competition.
The championship round pitted Yerington against Stage. Yerington walked off with the win (14-7) and the zone championship, making them the team to beat in both baseball and softball.
McKinney concluded sports awards night with a nod to Bela Rosas, Kassandra Swindlehurst and Aledda Sam, then juniors.
“They are the seasoned veterans,” she said. “Next year when they’re seniors, everyone better look out because they’re going to be a real force.”
According to MaxPreps, the softball team plays Battle Mountain on Thursday at 3 p.m. Friday they play Quincy at 3:45 p.m.