Three Coyote teams do battle in Reno Challenge Cup

Clubs finish 3-4-5
By: Bob Hunter News Messenger Contributor
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All three Lincoln Hills Coyotes senior softball teams took on the competition in the 25th annual Rock ?n Reno Challenge Cups last week and finished second, third and fourth. There were 199 teams from all over the Western states playing in one of the oldest and largest softball tournaments in the country. 65s ? The 65s Coyotes went up against 10 challengers and came away with a 6-3 record and second place. They hammered out 20 runs a game on average. The hitting was led by John Dambrosio with a .781 batting average. Right behind him were Dick Hughes (.769), Nick Fox (.750) and Jim Jones (.724). Dale Hurlbut and Randy Dvorak also broke the .700 mark at the plate. Pitcher Nick Eterovich did some outstanding pitching and got great defensive help from Ron Greeno and Jerome Bader. The club goes on the road for the Antelope Invitational. 70s ? Coming in third was the 70s nine garnering five wins while dropping one each to a team from Oregon and one from Colorado. The Coyotes bats rang out all week with Rich Huskey hitting at an .824 clip with 12 runs batted in. Pete Savoia was right behind at .778 with Jim Sandin (.750) and Gym Mikaelsen (.733) lending plenty of support. Savoia and Mikaelsen each drove in runs. Providing the power were Forrest Burkett and Rowan Carlson who both powered shots for home runs. John Wible was the golden glove for the Coyotes turning a number of doubles plays and throwing runners out at the plate. They 70s team heads for Penn Valley for their next tourney. 60s ? The 60s had a winning record while losing just two for fourth place and kept every game close. Bec Cannistraci put three into the bleachers for the Howlin? Dawgs while getting solid support from batters Carlos Zavala, J.R. Jackson, Steve Lambert and Tom Westlake. Zavala and Jackson also drove in runs. The 60s boys will join the 70s in Penn Valley.