Jared Jensen steps up to bat.
Jared Jensen steps up to bat.
Lovelock took its first baby steps out of quarantine on Saturday, May 9. It was part of Phase I of Governor Sisolak’s plan to reopen Nevada.  

Temptations resumed in-store dining at 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing. They’ll continue to offer curbside service.

Lee Ann Gallagher reopened Nanny Joe’s – her vintage store located in the historic Mercantile Building. “Bring your mask and come see us,” she said. 

Some longstanding traditions had fallen by the wayside. Frontier Days dates back to a 1968 celebration of the town’s 100th birthday.

“After hours on the phone, hours of debate, we will not have Frontier Days this year,” said Lynda Whyte. “We feel it would not be fair to our vendors, sponsors or the citizens of Pershing County not to have the best Frontier Days possible.”

Sports lovers will miss the yearly feats of strength and bicycle races on Elmhurst Avenue. However they’ll be glad to hear good news on another front.

Jared Jensen is gearing up for the adult softball league. 

Softball league up 

in air

Under Phase I, restaurants, salons and cannabis retailers can start indoor sales. Sporting event venues cannot.

“We want to have a season this year, but we can’t start under this phase,” said Jensen. “We will meet as a league in the next couple of weeks to discuss a delay in our season and hammer out the details. I’m happy with our board and look forward to hearing their ideas.”

The trustees include Jensen, Cassie West, Phillip Schmith, Lisa Booth and Lindsay Williams.

According to the governor, Phase I should last a couple of weeks.

Last year was Jensen’s first as the Lovelock Softball Association (LSA) president. 

The season ran throughout the summer. It often seemed that half of Lovelock showed up to play the other half. 

Nine coed teams met at McDougal Field twice a week. Each team played 16 games. Eagle Picher sent the Cowtippers. 

The 11th Judicial Court called themselves Spring Break. 

The Lovelock Paiute Indian Colony mustered two teams — Thick N Wild and the Weekend Warriors.

“We had exciting competitions with many coming down to the last inning,” said Jensen. “You could see growth in every single player.”

The season culminated with a championship match between Thick N Wild and Jim’s Point S. Thick N Wild won 17-11. 

“My best memory of the summer doesn’t even involve playing the game,” said Jensen.

Early on, a player suffered a medical emergency during a game. Teammates performed lifesaving actions until the ambulance arrived. 

“To see everyone come together and turn possible devastation into the best possible outcome was pretty special,” he said.