Fernley, which is looking for its third straight 3A state title, handed Sparks a pair of losses, 22-2 and 12-0, on the final day of the 3A North League regular season.
“They’re a good disciplined team,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “They have good players. When you make mistakes, they make you pay for them.”
In Game 1, Amanda Vesley singled and scored on a Sabrina Martinez single in the second inning. That tied the score at 1-1.
Fernley answered with three runs in the top of the third, but Sparks responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the third. Vesley walked and Martinez singled and scored for the second SHS run.
That’s as good as it got for Sparks. Fernley added a trio of runs in the fourth and put up 15 in the fifth en route to a five-inning mercy-rule shortened victory.
Sparks made 10 errors in the opening loss.
Game 2 was never close. Fernley reeled off eight runs in the first two innings and was never threatened. Game two lasted just five innings as well.
“They hit the ball well and we didn’t hit the ball hard today,” Avilla said. “It was a long season but I’m proud of our girls. They worked hard. They battled and you can’t take anything away from that.”