Lady Wave opens regional tournament with Spring Creek

The Lady Wave softball team secured the No. 3 seed for this week’s regional tournament in Winnemucca.

The Lady Wave softball team secured the No. 3 seed for this week’s regional tournament in Winnemucca.
Photo by Thomas Ranson.

Riding a six-game winning streak, including a series sweep over Spring Creek last week, the Lady Wave softball team picked up the No. 3 seed for this week’s 3A Northern Region tournament.

Fallon, which finished the season with 23 points, will face Spring Creek, the No. 6 seed, again today at 12:15 p.m. at Lowry High School. The winner faces No. 2 North Valleys, at 4:45 p.m., which won the 3A West division and totaled 21 points. Fernley finished undefeated in the region to take the overall No. 1 seed with 26 points and it will play either No. 4 Lowry or No. 5 Elko.

The regional semifinals are Friday at 2:30 p.m. when the winner punches its ticket to state. The consolation final, which is played at 9 a.m. on Saturday, will send the winner to the regional championship and state tournament. The regional title game is at 11:30 a.m.

The state tournament is next week at Fernley High School.

Fallon swept Spring Creek - 7-3, 8-6 and 14-3 - on the road last weekend to seal the No. 3 seed for the regional tournament. Since being swept by Fernley on April 1-2 when Fallon had leads late in the series, the Lady Wave have lost only once.

In the Spring Creek series opener, Fallon scored four runs in the opening frame and never looked back. Vernita Fillmore got the win for Fallon, pitching a complete game while striking out eight. Lydia Bergman’s double in the first led to Fallon’s scoring spree while Fillmore helped her own cause with a pair of hits.

In Saturday’s doubleheader opener, Spring Creek nearly erased a six-run deficit with a four-run fifth inning.
Reece Hutching’s first-inning double brought in two runs in the first inning, and Maddie Keller hit a home run in the fifth inning to give senior Shayda Lofthouse a six-run lead. She picked up the win, pitching a complete game and striking out four. Along with Keller, Lofthouse and Bergman picked up multiple hits at the plate.

Fallon’s offense took off in the series finale when it pushed across six runs in the first two innings before scoring seven in the final two innings.

Raygen Bartel singled in a run to start the scoring in the first before Rochelle Prentice drove in one and Hutchings singled in two in the following inning.

In the five-run sixth inning, Bergman, Taralynn Vershum and Darci Owens drove in runs.
Fillmore picked up the win, going all seven innings while striking out eight.


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