Losing a pair of one-run games to Carlin May 1 knocked Eureka out of a chance for one of the two East league spots into the 1A Northern Division tournament May 10-11 in Virginia City.
Then the Lady Vandals concluded the season with an 18-12 loss May 4 to Wells
As reported by Gamechanger.com, it was the last at bat both times that gave Carlin the back-to-back 14-13 victories over the Vandals.
In the opener, with the score tied at 13 in the bottom of the seventh, Garren Graves singled in Loriann Rakestraw with the game winning run.
Savannah Sanders was 5-for-5 at bat for the Vandals in a losing effort. She tripled in the second as well as the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Eureka had a 13-5 lead going into the sixth inning when the Railroaders scored eight times highlighted by a grand slam homer from Akilah Leach. Three other Railroaders also had RBI’s hits that inning
Lachelle Doxey took the win for Carlin. She allowed 13 runs on 20 hits in seven innings of work, struck out eight and walked three.
Mikala Talbot took the loss for Eureka. She pitched six innings, allowing 14 runs on 21 hits, struck out five and nine.
The second game of the double header was another one-run 14-13 victory for Carlin.
Eureka had a 13-8 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, but gave up six runs on four singles and six walks, the winning run coming on a bases loaded walk.
The Lady Vandals themselves had scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning for the lead, only to see Carlin match that at the end of the game.
The Vandals offense in that inning came from a RBI single by Carlie Fitzwater and a two-run double by Bree Hooper.
May 3, Eureka closed out the season hosting the Wells Leopards.
Both pitching staffs were kept busy in an 18-12 win for the Leopards,
Wells opened with three runs in the first inning, Eureka came back with two runs.
Wells put up two in the second and five in the third for a 10-3 lead. But Eureka answered with a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 10. Eureka benefitted from five walks, two hit by pitch and Shauna Brown’s RBI single.
Wells responded with five runs in the top of the fourth inning and a lead they would not give up.
Keyna Del Rio went the entire game on the mound for Wells, giving up 12 runs on eight hits, struck out 15 and issuing nine walks.
Talbot was the loser for Eureka. She also pitched a complete game, allowing 18 runs on 16 hits, striking out seven and walking eight.
Sage Borda, Sanders and Brown each collected at least two hits for the Lady Vandals.
Eureka finished the season with a mark of (5-7, 2-4), but missed the playoffs.
Wells and Carlin will represent the East league in the Northern Regional tournament this Friday and Saturday at Virginia City.
In those playoffs, the pairing have Smith Valley (13-6) faceing Mineral County (9-15-1) in the first round and Wells (4-7) plays Coleville (13-4). The semifinal game will be Friday evening and the championship on Saturday.
The top two in each division advance to the 1A state tournament at Moapa Valley High School May 16-18.
The 1A Southern League tournament playoffs began on Thursday this week at Indian Springs.
Pahranagat Valley (21-2) played Tonopah (3-8-1) in the first
Round with the other game being Indian Springs (9-13) and Beaver Dam (8-8).
The Southern Division championship is Saturday at Noon with a deciding game to follow, if necessary.
The 1A state softball tournament is May 16-18 at Moapa Valley High School in Overtom.
Pahrangat Valley is the six-time defending state champion.