The Carson High softball team made sure its effort to finish second in the Sierra League wasn't blown away on Tuesday.
Carson kept pace in the league race with a 10-2 win at North Valleys in tough, windy conditions.
"It was not real ideal playing weather," Carson coach Scott Vickrey said. "The girls did a pretty good job overall."
The Senators (16-4, 9-3) are in a three-way battle for second with Douglas High and Damonte Ranch. Carson will begin a three-game series with Douglas when it hosts the Tigers at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and will conclude the regular season against Damonte Ranch.
"We know we've got to play good ball to beat Douglas and Damonte," Vickrey said. "Right now we're shooting for the second seed."
Cassie Vondrak pitched three scoreless innings against North Valleys, facing one batter over the mininum. She allowed one hit while striking out three and walking none. "Cassie threw a good game," Vickrey said.
Daria Leid finished up, allowing two unearned runs on fourh hits while striking out five and walking three over four innings. "I wanted Daria to get some time," Vickrey said. "Her changeup's starting to work."
Abby Rankl went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Dacey Hassey was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI, Vondrak went 2-for-2 with a triple, Kaitlin Burroughs went 2-for-4 with an RBi, Christa Casci was 2-for-4 and Leid and Krista Mattice each added a hit.
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Lisa Shores had three hits, including a two-run home run, Belen Munoz had three hits, including two triples, and two RBI, Natalie Morrow had two hits and four RBI and Tiffany O'Day had two hits, a triple and an RBI for Carson (9-2-1 in league).
Jaime Good pitched a complete game for the win, striking out five over five innings.