Welcome To Nevada Lightning Fastpitch Softball

A professionally run softball organization with a personal touch.

Founded in 1990, Nevada Lightning Girls Fastpitch is the premier travel softball organization in northern Nevada. We strive to provide an environment conducive to the positive athletic, academic and social development of young women.

Nevada Lightning is dedicated to instilling a sense of good sportsmanship as well as creating an environment to enhance player development and inspire a positive self-image in young women ages eight through eighteen.

Our organization is well respected throughout northern Nevada and northern California and we are proud of the success and recognition earned by our fine northern Nevada athletes. Our teams have the opportunity to play against some of the best competition for their age level in local, regional and national tournaments.

Nevada Lightning is staffed by volunteers dedicated to providing quality coaching with a focus on player development and strong team dynamics. All of our coaches, managers and recruiters are registered with the American Softball Association (ASA) and are cleared through a Protect Youth Sports (PYS) criminal background investigation.

We have year-around access to indoor facilities with a full-infield, batting cages and pitching lanes that allow our players to maintain skill levels and continue athletic development throughout the year.

With established fundraisers in place, Nevada Lightning provides an opportunity for new and existing teams to raise funds to benefit the organization as well as the individual teams.

Our long history provides a solid foundation for the continued development of the organization as we continue to grow and build for our future.

Nevada Lightning Players Commit to the Next Level

Committed Loux Photo Jenna Christensen Committed
Baileigh Loux
Nevada Lightning ’00
2017 Grad Galena
High SchoolMercy College
Jenna Christensen
Nevada Lightning ’00
2017 Grad Fortuna Union
High School
McPherson College

Nevada Lightning Organization is Excited to Announce a New 16U ’01 Team Starting Spring of 2017

Coach Jim Moore will be the team’s head coach. He brings over forty years of fastpitch experience as a player and a coach. He has served as a Nevada Lightning coach previously when his daughter, Kathryn, played in the organization.  He is a terrific leader, understands structure and does a great job explaining the why to his players.  Coach Moore is passionate about athletic and intellectual development. He teaches the values of teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship. The goals for the 16U ’01 Moore team will be to teach solid fundamental fastpitch, and to develop their players through structured practices and competitive tournaments. Most importantly, our coaches want the girls to have a lot of fun while learning the game of softball.

Coach Moore will be looking for impact players with graduation years 2019, 2020 and 2021 for the Spring/Summer season. Coach Moore will be conducting Thursday night workouts over the winter from 7 to 9 PM at Bret’s.  Please contact Coach Jim Moore at 775-848-8958 or jamoore2014@yahoo.com for information on the team or to arrange a tryout.

Nevada Lightning Organization is Excited to Announce a New 12U ’04 Team Starting Spring of 2017

The Nevada Lightning organization is in the process of transitioning their old 12U ’04 team into both a 14U and 12U team. The 12U ’04 team will need new players to round out its roster. We are in the process of hiring a coaching staff and already have a handful of girls from the previous team. If you are interested in getting more information on this team, please contact Bret Pagni at 775-843-5172

Nevada Lightning 10U ’06 Wilkins Looking To Fill 2017 Spring Roster

Nevada Lightning 10U is looking for some girls with birth years between 2006 & 2007 to come out and join a new and highly competitive travel team. Please contact Head Coach Sarah Wilkins at 775-342-3469 or swilkins827@yahoo.com for information about the team or to arrange a tryout.

Nevada Lightning Organization Is Excited To Announce The 12U ’04 Dawson Team Will Branch Off Into Two Different Teams Starting In Spring 2017

The Lightning Organization is excited to announce that starting in February of 2017 the current 12U ’04 team will branch off into two different teams.  One team will remain in the 12U age division and will still carry the ’04 birth year.  The second team will be a 14U ’03 team.
We are looking for players for both age groups to round out the respective rosters as we head into the 2017 spring season.  Families of interested players can contact Brett Dawson (775-544-6673 or brett.dawson@ravencomm.com.

Nevada Lightning 18U ’00 Betker Team Is Looking To Fill 2017 Summer Roster

The Lightning ’00 team has a strong nucleus of girls and families, and is looking for players to round out its summer roster.  Brad Betker is the coach of this team and brings an excellent fastpitch coaching background to the table.  He also has a proven track record of helping get girls moved on to play in college.  Families of interested players can contact Brad Betker (775-450-9000) or bradbetker@gmail.com.

Nevada Lightning 18U ’00 Betker Team Shows Well In The Las Vegas USA Preps Tournament

The Nevada Lightning 18U ’00 Betker team went 4-1 in the Las Vegas USA Preps Tournament over Martin Luther King weekend and has earned a birth to the USA Preps Nationals!  The team knocked out two Southern California Batbuster teams in the showcase and played competitively in all five games.  Numerous college coaches were in attendance.  This is a solid accomplishment by our girls and coaches!

Special Thanks To Lightning ’98 Players And Families!

For the past decade, we have had the privilege of having the Lightning ’98 players, coaches and families a part of our organization.  We are especially proud of all of our girls who will be moving on to play college softball this fall.  This couldn’t have been accomplished without the great commitment made by our players over the years, they deserve all of the success they are achieving currently.  We can only hope that our future teams can model the way they do their business like the ’98 team has done over the years.  THANK YOU PLAYERS, COACHES AND FAMILIES FOR YOUR EXCELLENCE AND DEDICATION TO THE ORGANIZATION AND TO THE GAME OF SOFTBALL!

Nevada Lightning Organization Works With Play Up Athletics to assist with College Recruiting

The Nevada Lightning organization is working with Coach Chuck Lovitt from Play Up Athletics as their organizational Recruiting Coordinator.  Coach Lovitt has committed not only to assist the individual players but will also train the individual Team Recruiting Coordinators to better assist the girls get to the next level.

Click here to learn more about Coach Lovitt and Play Up Athletics!

Nevada Lightning Organization Retains Bausernan Group as Organizational Marketing Consultant

The Nevada Lightning organization is excited to announce they have retained Kaitlin Madewell of Bausernan Group, to be the organizational marketing consultant.  Kaitlin and her company will aid in the design, printing and distribution of marketing materials that will aid teams in recruiting new players and families.  Bausernan Group will also assist the Lightning website design team in maximizing the SEO efficiency of the Lightning website, with a point of emphasis to make the site more Google friendly.  The Lightning organization is excited about this partnership and has created another source of value for the Lightning managers, coaches and families for being a part of the organization!

Testimonial To Our Commitment


The Feather River College Softball team has received a verbal commitment from one of Nevada’s best middle infielders. Jaime Romero will be joining the Golden Eagles in 2016 and will immediately contribute and add to the success of the team.  She plays travel ball for Nevada Lightning 98 which is one of the top travel ball programs in the country.  There organization is filled with great people and is led by Brad Betker. “These girls can play ball and everyone in the Lightning 98 organization has treated us with nothing but respect” is what Coach Marco Aragon said when asked about Romero and her travel ball team.

 2014 – 2016 College Commitments

Congratulations to the following Nevada Lightning 2014-2016 graduates on their college signings!

Allison Meyer FT Page  Allison Meyer ’16 – Lightning ’98 – George Fox University GeorgeFox

Hayley Fein FT Page  Hayley Fein ’16 – Lightning ’98 – Cal State Monterey Bay MontereyBay

Ashley Nicholson FT Page  Ashley Nicholson ’16 – Lightning ’00 – University of Dallas Northwest

Caitlyn Wood FT Page  Caitlyn Wood ’16 – Lightning ’98 – Embry Riddle University EmbryRiddle

Jamie Romero FT Page  Jamie Romero ’16 – Lightning ’98 – Feather River College FeatherRiver

Alexis Gonzalez FT Page  Alexis Gonzalez ’16 – Lightning ’98 – Coppin State University Coppin

Christie Betker FT Page  Christie Betker ’16 – Lightning ’98 – McPherson College McPherson

Nicole Renner FT Page  Nicole Renner ’16 – Lightning ’98 – College of Southern Idaho SouthernIdaho

Kayleen Garrick FT Page   Kayleen Garrick ’16 – Lightning ’00 – Eastern Nazarene University Nazarene

Aubrey Slocum FT Page  Aubrey Slocum ’15 – Lightning ’98 – Northwest University Northwest

Abigail Almond FT Page  Abigale Almond ’15 – Lightning ’97 – Lassen Community College Lassen CC

Aleah Dela Cruz FT Page  Aleah Dela Cruz ’15 – Lightning ’97 – Lassen Community College Lassen CC

KMoore   Kathryn Moore ’14 – Miller/Moore 18U – Willamette University  Willamette

KSonnemann  Kelly Sonnemann ’14 – Miller/Moore 18U – Humboldt University Humboldt

MGross Morgan Gross ’14 – Miller/Moore 18U – University of South Florida  University of S. Florida

EHigbee Ereanna Higbee ’14 – Miller/Moore 18U – Southwestern Oregon Univ. Southwestern Oregon

MHill McKinsey Hill ’14 – Miller/Moore 18U – Southwestern Oregon UnivSouthwestern Oregon

BMenesini Brooke Menesini ’14 – Miller/Moore 18U – Menlo College Menlo

Jordan Kennedy 2 Jordan Kennedy ’14 – Miller/Moore 18U – Northeastern  Junior CollegeNortheastern JC Colorado
K Folkers Kaitlyn Folkers ’14 – Lightning ’97 – Feather River College Feather River

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