The Carson High softball team looked more like a team that wants to finish the season strong instead of a club just playing out the string as it swept a doubleheader at Hug on Tuesday, winning the opener 8-2 and the nightcap 15-0.
Daria Leid pitched a no-hitter in the nightcap as Carson improved to 6-11 in the Sierra League. The Senators have virtually no chance to make the Northern 4A playoffs, but can still finish the season on a high note. Carson will host Hug on Thursday and then will play McQueen this coming Tuesday and a three-game series against North Valleys to end the season.
In the opener, Nikki Keller pitched a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 13 and walking none. Abby Rankl went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and an RBI, Keller had a triple and an RBI, Cassie Vondrak went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Leid and Hannah Shaw each had two hits and K.C. Withrow had a hit and an RBI.
Leid struck out 10 and walked one over five innings in pitching her no-hitter. Carson exploded for nine runs in the fifth to break the game open. The rally was highlighted by Vondrak's three-run home run.
Leid helped her own cause by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Vondrak was 2-for-2 with four RBI, Christa Casci went 3-for-4, Rankl was 1-for-1 with an RBI, Krista Mattice went 2-for-4 with a double, Belen Munoz went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Shaw added a hit.
"They hit the ball really well," Carson coach Scott Vickrey said. "The pitchers were hitting their spots. "We were pretty clean. I was pretty impressed with the wawy we hit the ball."
Mackenize Cole was a workhorse over the weekend for Dayton as she pitched all 21 innings of a three-game series at Spring Creek. Cole finished with 38 strikeouts and just five walks as Dayton won two-of-three.
The Dust Devils lost the opener 3-1, but came back to win the next two games 6-3 and 5-2. Dayton (10-6) is now in second in the Northern 3A at 9-3, trailing 10-2 Fernley.
In the opener, Cole pitched a two-hitter, striking out 14. Breann DeHaven doubled, Brittany Hill had a hit and score Dayton's run on Sierra Barnwell's RBI sacrifice fly and Brittany Burroughs, Melissa Goetz, Melissa Coyle and Cole all added a hit.
In the 6-3 win, Cole struck out 16. Hill went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run, Goetz went 1-for-3, Cole was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Barnwell had a hit and a run and Nicole Iratcabel and Lindsie Cross each had a hit and a run.
In the 5-2 win, Cole struck out eight. Hill was 2-for-4 with a run, Cole went 3-for-4 with a double and a run, DeHaven was 2-for-2 with three RBI, Babrnwell was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Miriah Collins went 2-for-3 and Burroughs went 2-for-3 with a double.
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Christina Gallegos pitched her third no-hitter of the year in an 18-1 win in the opener and Carson (21-2, 17-0) won 13-3 in the nightcap.
Gallegos struck out nine over five innings. Elayna Shine had three hits with a triple, RBI and three runs, Lauren Knorzer had three hits with two doubles, three runs and four RBI, Lisa Yamamoto had a homer, double, three runs and three RBI, Caitlin Sinclair had two hits and two runs, Lindsay Burroughs had two hits, two runs and two RBI, Gallegos had three hits, two RBI and two runs and Sara Shores had a hit, run and an RBI.
Natalie Morrow struck out eight and allowed no earned runs in the nightcap. Gallegos came on to strike out the final batter as the game ended in five innings.
Marissa Lucido had three hits, five RBI and two runs, Ashley Saarem had three hits and a run, Yamamoto had a hit and two runs, Burroughs had a triple, run and two RBI, Knorzer had a triple and a run, Marcela Watson had a hit and two runs and Breann Perry had two hits, two runs and an RBI.