Lassen SWAT softball finishes first
The Lassen SWAT U-10 softball team competed in the Carson City Classic Fast Pitch Tournament Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 and came back with the championship trophy. Coach Casey Williams, back left, coach Danny Mena, coach Vera Campa, coach Ryan Chedwick, Chelsea Williams, middle left, Hailey Mena, Anjanette Miles, Megan Gower, Brooke Mullen, Mila Knezevich, Taylor Nethery, Jewel Kerby, Hailey Gregor, bottom left, Taryn Giacomelli, Kelsea Chedwick and Christa Williams pose together with their championship trophy. Photo submitted
July 16 — The Lassen SWAT U-10 softball team traveled to Carson City Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, 23to compete in the Carson City Classic Fast Pitch Tournament and came back with the championship trophy.
The team started off the tournament Saturday with a decisive 16-4 victory over the Elko Inferno. Mila Knezevich was the winning pitcher, pitching three hitless innings before the game was called due to the mercy rule. Knezevich faced 21 batters and had 11 strikeouts. She also had a strong performance at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homerun and three RBIs. Joining Knezevich at the plate was Jewel Kerby who went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Anjanette Miles who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Taryn Giacomelli who had a hit, run scored and an RBI.
Next, the girls faced the Gold Rush, of Winnemucca, Nev., and again came away with a large win, defeating the Gold Rush 16-1. Brooke Mullen was the winning pitcher, facing 11 batters in three innings with seven strikeouts and no hits allowed. The game was also called short due to the mercy rule. Leading the SWAT team at the plate was Taylor Nethery with a 2-for-2 performance, two RBIs and two runs scored. Hailey Mena and Knezevich each hit a double with Mena adding two RBIs. Kelsea Chedwick had a hit and two RBIs.
The team faced off against the Carson Valley Hot Shots in their last game of the day. Lassen didn’t disappoint, coming away with their third win of the day, defeating the Hot Shots, 14-4. It was another strong pitching day as Chelsea Williams faced 23 batters, giving up only one hit with 10 strikeouts in four innings. Knezevich led the SWAT offense, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Right behind her was Nethery with a triple. Williams and Mena each got a hit and an RBI. With the three victories on Saturday, Lassen was seeded first going into the single elimination round on Sunday.
In Sunday’s first game, the SWAT girls went up against the Fallon Force. Lassen handed the Force a 6-1 defeat in only four innings. Williams was the winning pitcher again, throwing a no hitter and striking out eight. Kerby and Knezevich led the offense, each hitting a double with an RBI. Nethery and Hailey Gregor each contributed a base hit and an RBI. With this win, Lassen moved on to the semi-final game against a fierce competitor, the Nevada Kats.
Lassen battled with the Kats for five strong, exciting innings and came away with a hard fought, 5-0, victory. Kerby took the mound for the SWAT team and pitched a three-hit shutout. She faced 18 batters in four innings, while striking out nine and only walking two. Lassen was led at the plate by Kenezevich and Megan Gower. Knezevich went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Gower went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. The win advanced Lassen to the final game of the tournament against the undefeated Bloodline of Reno.
In the championship game, Lassen battled to a 9-4 victory with a display of strong hitting from the SWAT team. Knezevich, Gower, Mena and Miles each had two hits, while Kerby helped the cause by hitting a crucial go ahead double in the sixth inning. Lassen had a total of nine hits in the game. Kerby pitched the final game after just pitching four innings prior. She pitched all six innings, facing 29 batters. She gave up six hits and struck out three, while only walking one. Lassen was led defensively by second baseman Chedwick, who had six put outs at secondbase.
Lassen has participated in four tournaments with finishes at second, fourth, third and now first. The team holds an overall record of 20-5-1. Lassen’s team is comprised of girls ages 7 through 11.