The season came to an end for the Mineral County High softball team over the weekend at the regional tournament in Virginia City.
Mineral County entered the double-elimination tournament as the No. 2 seed from the East and took on the No. 1 seed from the West, Smith Valley in the opening game Friday. The Serpents worked three walks in the game, but couldn’t get much going offensively and eventually fell 12-1. Jesslyn Gomez scored the lone Mineral County run.
The girls dropped their second game later in the day to Smith Valley 15-5 ending their season.
Despite the regional losses, Mineral County coach Jason Cardenas said it was a positive experience for his team to get a taste of postseason play. The Serpents knocked off Wells twice the week before to get to the playoffs in thrilling fashion when they beat the Leopards 6-5 and 19-18.
“We’ve never beaten Wells before in softball, so to sweep them and get to regionals was awesome for us,” Cardenas said. “I told them after there was no reason to be sad. We were able to play two more games together and send our seniors out on a positive note.”
Mineral County will lose a pair of seniors, McKenna Cardenas and Amyah Boyd to graduation, but will enter next season with a core group of players that gained valuable experience this year.
They finished the season 10-16-1 overall, but went 3-3 in league play to finish in second place.
“We started with a young team and they grew as the year went on and got better,” Cardenas said. “We’re looking forward to being able to compete again next season.”
Smith Valley went on to defeat Coleville 20-10 in the title game. Both teams advanced to the state tournament this weekend in Overton.