Pershing County softball team sweeps three games from North Tahoe

The Pershing County Mustangs head into timeout against North Tahoe last Saturday at PCHS.

The Pershing County Mustangs head into timeout against North Tahoe last Saturday at PCHS.

The Pershing County High School softball team dunked North Tahoe in a triple header this past week. 

On Wednesday, the Lakers got a taste of what the Mustangs had in store for them. 

Pershing County jumped out with 11 runs. The game lasted three innings with a final score of 16-0.

On Saturday, Pershing County hosted the last two games of the series. It didn't get any better for North Tahoe. 

.PCHS sophomore Kyra Cerini pitches with Taylor Garland on third base.

The Mustangs beat their guests 17-2 in the opener and 15-0 in the finale.

Coach Jordan McKinney already misses the six graduating seniors on her team - Anna Happy, Kaylah Hanley, Mady Grenz, Miya Gallagher, Yasmine McKinney and Taylor Garland. 

However, McKinney noticed the younger players stepping up and contributing to the wins this past week.

"We saw some great things from our younger girls and got a glimpse of what the next few years will look like when I lose the six seniors. The freshmen and sophomores have so much potential," McKinney said.

The team picked up five incoming freshmen this year — Tessa Day, Jerzie Jones, Samantha Bristow, Arya Garland and Katelynn Elerick. The sophomores are Kyra Cerini, Riley Harvey, Lillian Wagner, Mia Canchola and Anika Happy.

Pershing senior Kaylah Hanley runs home for the Mustangs while freshman Samantha Bristow warms up for her at bat.

Even though the girls have been playing softball together for years, it generally takes time to adapt to the faster pace of high school softball. 

It's a learning curve. However, this year the younger Mustangs have dived right in.

"It was good to see our girls stay focused and accomplish a goal together. Our younger pitchers pitched well and we had a double play and a triple play during the game so they were playing heads up softball," McKinney said.

Arya Garland and Raegan Burrows, a junior, both pitched in the first game of the series. 

Burrows struck out five and allowed one hit. Garland struck out one. They allowed zero runs. 

Gallagher and Cerini pitched the second game. Gallagher struck out three. Arya Garland and Jerzie Jones pitched the closer.

Garland struck out four. Jones struck out three. Once again, the Mustangs held their opponent scoreless.

The Mustangs host West Wendover this weekend. On Wednesday, they play the Wolverines at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the two teams play at 10 a.m. and noon.

The home crowd energizes the Mustangs. They hope for a huge turnout.