RENO – Indian Springs’ offense didn’t get untracked Thursday.
But it didn’t stop the potent Thunderbirds from scoring 14 runs in the third inning.
Indian Springs mustered only five hits, yet routed Eureka 15-0 in five innings in the opening game of the Class 1A state softball tournament at UNR’s Hixson Field.
The defending state champion Thunderbirds (23-1) will face Carlin (23-6) in the winners’ bracket final at 1 p.m. today at Bishop Manogue.
“We saw our opportunities and just took advantage,” Indian Springs coach Steve Lawson said. “The first couple of innings it was just a matter of getting our nerves out of the way.”
Indian Springs didn’t get its first hit until the fifth batter of the third inning and didn’t collect its second hit until the inning’s 12th batter. By then, the Thunderbirds had built an 8-0 lead.
The Vandals melted down in the third inning, committing six errors, hitting two batters, walking three more and uncorking three wild pitches. Indian Springs had only four hits in the inning, the last of which – Natasha Cruz’s double – didn’t factor into the scoring.
The bottom of the third lasted 30 minutes, and none of Indian Springs’ 14 runs was earned. Thunderbirds hitters saw 62 pitches in the inning.
Brandi Bryl tossed a five-hitter, striking out seven. Indian Springs turned two double plays, one on a fly to right field.
Tessa Lounsbury was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Indian Springs.
■ Carlin 15, Tonopah 3 – Winning pitcher Lacey Mathews stroked three doubles, and the Railroaders overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to down the Muckers (8-11) in five innings.
Tonopah will face Eureka in an elimination game at 3 p.m. today at Manogue.
■ Lowry 5, Boulder City 4 – At Reno, Hana Etcheverry belted a solo home run in the Buckaroos’ four-run fourth inning, and they held on to edge the Eagles in the opening round at Damonte Ranch High.
Lowry (19-11), which led 5-1 in the fourth, advanced to play Churchill County (27-7) at 11 a.m. today at UNR.
Karlee Koopman went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Boulder City (29-4), which will play Fernley (21-12-2) in an elimination game at 9 a.m. today.
■ White Pine 4, Lincoln County 1 – At Lovelock, Bailey Moore tossed a complete game with 11 strikeouts to help the Bobcats (22-10) top the Lynx (25-5).
White Pine advanced to meet Yerington (25-3-1) at 2 p.m. today, and Lincoln County will play Needles (18-11) in an elimination game at noon.
■ Yerington 5, Needles 0 – At Lovelock, the Lions blanked the Mustangs.In-depth high school sports coverage