Riley Price shows why she is a team leader as she hit another homer (besides great pitching, too) against Fernley to help win a close semifinal game. (Photo: Nick Yamashita, an earlier game in the season on May 13th)
Fernley High School, Fernley, NV-
The Lady Dawgs squeezed out a super week at the NIAA 3A State Playoff Tournament as they beat the #2 Northern Region seed North Valleys on Thursday, May 19th by a score of 8-3 and then squeezed a 2-1 win over the #1 Northern Region seed Fernley on Friday, May 20th. The slim win over Fernley secured them a spot in the Championship game on Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 am PST.
The Lady Dawgs extended their 32-game win streak to 33, by barely pulling off a victory over the Vaqueros thanks to a solo Home Run near the end of the game by Riley Price.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said VVHS Head Coach Travis Griffiths.
The game on Thursday in the first round was against a tough North Valleys team that kept it tied up until in the fifth inning when Riley Price hit a 2-run homer, taking the lead to 5. The Lady Dawgs did not look back as they scored another 3 runs in the 6th inning to finish the game 8-3.
Riley Price pitched all seven innings, completing the game with 9 strikeouts and only allowing 4 hits. Offensively Price was 2 out of 3 at the plate with 2 RBIs and the big homer.
The top hitter for the game was Reggi Frei 3 of 4 at the plate and hitting two RBIs in. Evia Toone also scored 2 RBIs off a big single in the first inning.
The win set them up against the #1 Northern Region team of Fernley who was the toughest competition they have had all season other than Bishop Gorman at beginning of the season.
The game was all about defense as they went through 2 innings with the game still tied. The Bulldogs got a little momentum and were able to score one in the top of the 4th inning. That set up the big homer by Riley Price in the sixth inning with the bases empty to take a 2-0 lead.
The Fernley Vaqueros got some momentum in the 7th to score 1 in the last chance of the game, but some great defensive play helped get the third out and secure the 2-1 victory for the Lady Dawgs.
Even though the game ended in a very close and competitive way, the ending also had controversy as a Fernley player blatantly tried to take out Ana Tausinga at first base by kicking out Tausinga’s leg off the base. The dirty move was caught on video and verified rumors of the Head Coach of Fernley telling her players of doing the same dirty actions throughout the season.
Luckily, Tausinga was okay. To see the post of the “dirty play” video click on the following link: Video of Dirty Play
Fernley immediately played North Valleys in the Consolation Bracket after North Valleys beat Boulder City 8-0 earlier on Friday. It was verified Fernley beat North Valleys by a score of 7-5. The Championship is set with Virgin Valley taking on Fernley at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 21st at the campus of Fernley High School located at 1300 US-95 ALT in Fernley, Nevada.
Fernley Vaqueros are 31-8 on the season and are 12-2 since April 30th. They have outscored their opponents 83 to 38.
Virgin Valley continues their “Domination Season” with a 35-1 record with their only loss to powerhouse Bishop Gorman out of Las Vegas back on March 5th, 15-0. They have outscored opponents 325 to 92 all season.
The Championship Game is set for Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 am PST. We will report the results in another article as soon as the results are known. For more information about the state tournament visit www.niaa.com.