weather icon Clear

Lady Eagles eager for softball championship

Returning eight starters from a year ago, including six seniors, Boulder City High School softball coach Angelica Moorhead hasn’t shied away from the fact that this is the season the Lady Eagles need to finally put it all together.

Hanging their last 3A state championship banner in 2010, the Lady Eagles have won seven consecutive league titles since, each season entering as a presumed favorite to take state. With the classification’s best pitcher and enough offensive firepower returning, Moorhead expressed the sense of urgency that hangs over the program.

“This is the year we have to do it,” she said. “This is the year we have to take state. We’re hungry for it. Most of these girls have been playing together since they were 10, and this is their last year. I know that’s all that’s on their minds right now.”

Senior two-way star Bailey Bennett-Jordan earned personal accolades last season as 3A All-Southern Region Player of the Year and Nevada second-team All-State selection, but she hopes to finally experience team success this spring.

“It’s an honor to be highlighted as an individual, but I want more,” Bennett-Jordan said. “I want to be a state champion, hang a banner, experience that with my teammates. We have a great team, and I’m hopeful we can pull it out this season.”

Establishing herself as a workhorse, Bennett-Jordan pitched all but 19 innings last season for the Lady Eagles, compiling a 18-9 record with 240 strikeouts and a 1.33 earned run average.

An offensive threat as well, Bennett-Jordan batted .424 last season, leading the Lady Eagles with seven home runs while finishing second with 45 runs batted in.

She was far from the lone contributor on offense. The Lady Eagles scored 243 runs last season, and six starters batted over .400.

“Offensively, we have a lot of great hitters,” Moorhead said. “We expect to put a lot of runs on the board. We need to go for more base hits rather than swinging for home runs, but the girls know how to move runners. This is a great group. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Accustomed to moving runners home, junior catcher Marleena Mills recorded a 3A-leading 54 RBIs while batting .434 with eight doubles, three home runs and two triples. Mills was a 3A second-team All-State selection last season with sophomore shortstop Ashley Wishard (.381 BA, 29 RBIs, eight doubles).

Rounding out the Lady Eagles’ offensive core, seniors Jordan Moorhead (.457 BA, 14 RBIs), Jerra Hinson (.456 BA, 24 RBIs, 11 doubles) and Lily Osman (.444 BA, 26 RBIs, five home runs) return along with junior Ryann Reese (.495 BA, 14 RBIs, 19 stolen bases).

Looking to build on last season’s success (23-9), the Lady Eagles open the season March 8 in the Colorado River Invitational in Needles, California.

Contact Robert Vendettoli at BCRsports@gmail.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Purdy ready to make splash in Denver

Fulfilling his dreams of becoming a Division I athlete, Boulder City High School senior swim star Joseph Purdy signed with the University of Denver on Nov. 11.

Monument status would help preserve treasured site

Outdoor lovers have long recognized the special character of the southernmost part of Clark County with its expanses of open land, geological wonders, canyons, springs, rolling hills, prehistoric sites and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Now a new national monument is being proposed to protect and manage these treasures.

Sports Briefs, Nov. 12

Six BCHS athletes sign letters of intent

Arkansas bound: Speaker fulfills dream to become Division I athlete

Ethan Speaker, Boulder City High School’s boys basketball star, has fulfilled his dream of becoming a Division I athlete after committing to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

School teams prepare to start season

A step in the right direction to resuming high school athletics, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has shifted into its third phase of COVID-19 modifications, moving closer to its target date of Jan. 2 for the start of winter sports.

Grothe starts season with win

Zane Grothe, a 2010 Boulder City High School graduate, finished first in the 400-meter freestyle Sunday, Oct. 18, in Budapest, Hungary, as the professional International Swimming League began its new season.

Lone Pine visit like walking onto movie set

Lone Pine, California is a laid-back town of around 2,000 people in Owens Valley on the foothills of the eastern Sierra Nevada. You’ve probably heard of it because it’s used as a base camp for hiking Mount Whitney, located just 12 miles west. What you might not know is Lone Pine is also home to the Alabama Hills, which draw people from around the world for their recreational opportunities and their rich film history.

Play ball; sports set to return

Youth sports are back in Nevada for the first time since last March, thanks to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s announcement Oct. 2 that he would be easing restrictions on local recreational sports.

Camp, picnic or bird-watch at bend along river

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area is at the southern tip of Nevada, along the Colorado River, about 6 miles south of Laughlin. It’s a great place to visit, even for a day trip, as it’s not too far from Boulder City, about 85 miles away.

Easter, Williams win title at state bass championship

Izec Easter and Corey Williams, members of the Boulder City Bass Club, placed first at the 2020 Nevada High School State Championship on Sept. 20 at Cottonwood Cove at Lake Mohave.