Story by Jamie Craig, Carson Valley Girls Softball Association
It appears that the Carson Valley has quite a bit of young talent coming up the ranks on the softball field. The Carson Valley Girls Softball Association’s four HotShots traveling teams are well into their seasons, and they have brought home several championship titles.
The 8U HotShots have played in four tournaments, making championship appearances each time. They earned first place at the Reno Classic and the Carson City Classic and second place at the Walker River Qualifier in Yerington and the Desert Valley Shoot Out in Fernley .
8U coach Bigg Jacobsen says his team is playing really well together.
“The most important thing at this age is that they are building memories and friendships and having a great time,” said Jacobsen. “It’s an honor to coach such talented young people.”
The 10 U HotShots are working hard and improving by leaps and bound. With one returning player from last year, and much of the team being first time travel ball players, they are 11-6 on the year.
“Our defense has been outstanding,” said coach Jeanine Bluehorse. “We’ve had some pick-offs, double plays and awesome catches. With each tournament, the girls gain more confidence and continue to learn how to trust each other on the field. They are having fun and learning a ton about the game.”
The 12U HotsShots have spent a large part of the season playing in the “A” Tournament Circuit, a division intended for players who exclusively play tournament ball. The HotShots, technically a “B” team comprised of recreational league players, have been unstoppable, bringing home five first place trophies and one second place trophy in six championship appearances.
12U coach Eddie Doughty knew his team would be strong at any level of play.
“We are enjoying the caliber of softball that we face in the “A” tournaments. Our girls are challenged, and it enables us to become sharper as a team,” said Doughty. “We’re forced to keep our hitting strong, and we are not able to slack defensively. The girls are more engaged at this level, and it’s been a great experience for everyone.”
The 14U HotShots, coached by Brian Peck and Don Swan have been competitive in the “A” and “B” circuit. They have played in four tournaments and have had two first place finishes and one second place finish.
The HotShots will host nearly than 40 teams for the Northern Sierra Fastpitch State Tournament, Friday-Sunday, July 12-14. Games will be played at Stodick Park, Gardnerville. Seeding games are Friday and Saturday, with single-elimination tournament play on Sunday.
Opening ceremonies will be Friday at 6 p.m. and will include home run, pitching and baserunning competitions along with the introduction of all competing teams at Stodick Park.