14The Mineral County High girls softball team returned to the diamond Tuesday when they hosted a double-header against Tonopah in Hawthorne.

The Lady Serpents hadn’t played in over a week after time off for spring break, but gave the Lady Muckers all they could handle early, despite dropping both games of the set 35-20 and 17-1.

After falling behind most of the first game, the Mineral County girls roared back in the bottom of the fifth to score nine runs and take a 20-17 lead. Hailey Lahre had two hits in the inning, including a two-run single that broke a 17-17 tie. Madeline Bennett also recorded an RBI base hit in the fifth.

However, Tonopah would answer with a huge inning in the sixth, putting the game out of reach for the Lady Serpents.

“We are showing promise, we’re still a young team but we’ve made some games very competitive,” said Mineral County coach Cory Rizero. “I think we’re definitely on the cusp of winning. It’s the little things that have been hurting us, but we have lots of room to grow.”

The Lady Serpents (0-3) return to the field on Friday for a double-header at Virginia City.