Sharks, Hot Shots win titles

The Carson Sharks softball team continued its 2008 championship form, winning the Winnemucca Qualifier this past weekend.

The 15-Under Sharks once again played in the 18-Under division to face the top local teams comprised of high school players from surrounding communities.

The Sharks hit .532 (66 for 124) over 5 games while holding opponents to a .174 (21 for 121) batting average and were led by Morgan Kliene with an impressive .700 (7 for 10). It was the second tournament in which Kliene hit from the left side of the plate and she helped her team as a slap hitter. Lisa Yamamoto followed hitting .667 with a home run, 6 doubles and 11 RBI.

K.C. Withrow added 2 doubles and 7 RBIs while hitting .643 and teammate Ashley Saarem drove in 7 runs with a .584 batting average. Elayna Shine .571 and contributed 7 RBI.The Sharks rounded off the offensive attack with Breann Perry, Lindsay Ashbaugh and Marissa Lucido, who all hit .500, Taylor-Rae Canfield .300 and Emily Collins .273.

The 15-Under Sharks team, which is comprised of Carson City players, finished fifth in the 2007 National Softball Association World Series, and will compete in the 2008 NSA World Series Tournament. The tournament will be held in Carson City, Gardnerville and Reno July 12-20, bring in 200 teams. The Sharks are coached by Tammy Navarro, who plays at Missouri State and Kayla Dunn, who plays at Utah State.


The Carson Valley Hot Shots tournament softball teams also had a successful weekend at the Winnemucca Gold Rush Qualifier. Three out of four teams won the championship in their divisions. The overall record was 15-2-1 for the teams. The Hot Shots 18-under team placed third.

The 14-under team took its third championship with a roster of Amanda Caras, Kelly Sonnemann, Kalee Duryee, Chelsea Fent, Katie Kluever, Shaelby Bell, Illiana Brown, Aaliyah Paxson, Jena Geyer, Marlena Martin, Devin Scherbak and Nicole Rios.

The 12-under team took its first championship with a roster of Katie Chieffo, Corryne Diaz, Emily Downer, Madison Dunleavy, Julia Gomez, Daisy Gudino, McKinney Lundberg, Mackenzie Maiden, Hannah McKinnish, Taylor McKinnon, Bailey Sheets, Christin Stein and Candace Whitmire.

The 10-under team also took its first championship with a roster of Chelsea Chambers, Katie Davis, Chandler Howe, Delaney Jacobson, Sarah Medicine Crow, Madison Parks, Madison Peters, Alyana Pitts, Nicole Rowe, Kali Sargent, Makayla Shaver and Layne Waggoner.


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