The Teams line up for the Championship Round before game #1. (Photo: Krist Tausinga)
Fernley High School, Fernley, NV-
The sunny weather did not help the Lady Dawgs of Virgin Valley as the softball team dropped both Championship games to Fernley Vaqueros on Saturday, May 21st in Fernley, Nevada.
These losses were the first losses since losing to Bishop Gorman on March 5th. The losses came at the worst time of the season when it counted most. Both games were hard-fought and were close. The Lady Dawgs still end the season with a 35-3 record, NIAA Desert League Champions, NIAA 3A Southern Regional Champions, and NIAA 3A State Runner-ups.
The first game started out very defensive as it was 0-0 until the 3rd inning when the Lady Vaqueros took a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs tried to get back into it but found themselves down 5-2 in the 6th inning, but found no other offense as the defense of Fernley held strong and they sealed the deal for Game #1, 6-2.
Due to the Bulldogs beating Fernley 2-1 in the Semifinals of the Winner’s bracket, the Vaqueros had not won the Championship yet as both teams now had 1 loss in the tournament. So going straight into a second game, the Bulldogs again found themselves down in Game #2 by a score of 3-2. Hoping to gain some ground and take over the lead, the Vaqueros smashed that hope scoring 4 more to lead 7-4 after the top of the 5th inning.
Brooklin Montoya tried to rejuvenate the winning energy by hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the 5th to close the score within two runs, 7-5. Going into the last chance at scoring, the Bulldogs found no magic this time around and fell short in their state championship hopes, losing 7-6.
Ana Tausinga and Riley Price both added some offensive big hits to help keep the second game close.
Fernley Vaqueros end the year with a 33-8 record, NIAA 3A Northern Regional Champions, and NIAA 3A State Champions, only dropping one game during Regionals to North Valleys and then one game to Bulldogs in State.
Virgin Valley finished their “Domination Season” with a 35-3 record with their only regular-season loss to powerhouse Bishop Gorman out of Las Vegas back on March 5th, 15-0. Then their two losses in the Championship Round for the NIAA 3A State Tournament to Fernley today. They still finished an incredible season as NIAA 3A Desert League Champions, NIAA 3A Southern Regional Champions, and NIAA 3A State Runner-ups with an outstanding 35-3 overall record and a 33-game win streak during the majority of the season.
Congrats Lady Dawgs on being NIAA 3A State Runner-ups!
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