Split forces Laughlin, Mead to meet again
LAUGHLIN — The Laughlin High School Lady Cougars were only a few outs away from securing the final spot in the NIAA 2A Southern League playoffs.
Those outs, however, were hard to come by. So instead of wrapping up the No. 4 seed in the playoffs that open Thursday at Mountain View, the Lady Cougars had to settle for a spot in a play-in game against Lake Mead Academy for the right to take on Needles in the four-team, double-elimination league tournament.
The two teams were scheduled to meet Tuesday — after press deadline for this edition of the Laughlin Nevada Times — in the play-in game.
Lake Mead Academy overcame a 7-0 deficit for a 9-8 win in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader to force the extra game.
The teams entered the twinbill with identical 4-6 league marks, both fighting for a playoff spot.
The Lady Cougars delivered the first play, winning the opener 10-3. And after jumping ahead early in the second game, Laughlin appeared to have its playoff ticket within reach.
But the Eagles chipped away and tied the game on Lola Mendoza’s RBI double that scored Lauryn Freund. Rebekah Fuller followed with a double to drive in Mendoza with the winning run.
“That’s a tough way to end,” head coach Aaron Schellie said. “We were rolling through five and all the sudden they just hit the ball. They rallied, and we couldn’t match their intensity in the last inning. Credit to them.”
Lake Mead head coach Cary Baker called the game two win unbelievable.
“I’m not a guy that yells and stuff, but I got mad at them after about five innings,” he said. “Suddenly one hit here, one hit there and they got fired up. I’m so proud of them, and we didn’t give up.”
Laughlin’s Samantha Sarinana pitched both games against Mead totaling 13 strikeouts on the day.
Ashely Bishop went 3-for-4 for the Cougars in game one with two RBIs. Jasmine Donnett went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in game two.
The split came after a 19-11 loss to Indian Springs Thunderbirds, a non-conference opponent, earlier in the week.
The Thunderbirds jumped to a four-run lead in the opening frame. Laughlin’s Fejay Crevier was able to get one back after tripling and later scoring on a wild pitch.
Laughlin scored five runs in the second to take its only lead of the game at 6-5. It wouldn’t last long as the Thunderbirds came back with nine runs in the third to put the game out of reach.
“Defensively we just need to play catch and make the routine plays to help our pitcher out and have their back,” Schellie said.