Softball team gets into win column
The Truckee High softball team earned its first league wins in a three-game series against Spring Creek this past weekend.
Truckee took the series 2-1, winning 5-4 on Friday before losing the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader 6-5 and winning the second 10-9.
The contests also marked the first true home games of the season for the Wolverines, who hosted the Spartans at Truckee River Regional Park. At the midway point of the season, Truckee is 2-7 in the Northern 3A with nine league games remaining.
Truckee started slowly on Friday, falling behind 4-0 until scoring three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to earn the comeback win.
“We started hitting the ball, taking pitches and playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” said Truckee coach Mitch Brown, adding that the Wolverines pulled off the win in spite of limited offensive production ” six hits, four walks and 12 strikeouts.
Sophomore catcher Chelsea Cordell led the way at the plate, going 2 for 3 with two runs. Cindy Brenes, Annie Duner, Kaycie Jones and Katelyn Gadsby each had one each.
Stacy Brenes pitched all seven innings, allowing nine hits and five walks while recording six strikeouts.
Stacy Brenes also started Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, giving up six hits and six walks in three innings before Rachel Zissimos came in for relief. Zissimos, who went 1 for 2 at the plate, struck out four hitters and allowed three hits.
Katie Reiswig, Gadsby, Cordell, Duner and Amber Davy all had one hit apiece. Davy’s was a triple that drove in a run.
Game 2 was another come-from-behind win for the Wolverines, who trailed 9-4 entering the bottom of the sixth. Truckee then scored six runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to take a 10-9 lead.
Stacy Brenes came in to relieve Zissimos the final two innings, holding the Spartans scoreless.
“It was getting pretty intense,” Brown said of the final two innings, explaining that Spring Creek had runners at second and third with one out in the final inning before his pitcher struck out the side. “I’m extremely happy with Stacy’s performance.”
Jones had the hit of the game for Truckee, as she connected for a two-out grand slam in the sixth inning to give her team the 10-9 lead. Cindy Brenes went 1 for 3 with a double and four RBIs, Duner, Davy and Gadsby each were 2 for 3 and Reiswig was 2 for 4.
With half the season in the bag, Brown said the importance of each league game is magnified.
“We need to start thinking with a sense of urgency,” he said. “We’ve got to kick it into another gear and focus on playing good softball in league.”
The Wolverines lost both games of a nonleague doubleheader, 7-4 and 9-4, at Quincy on Monday.
In Game 1, Natalya Jones went 3 for 3, Morgan Womack, Jaimee Raber and Gadsby each were 2 for 3 and Cordell 2 for 4. Davy and Stacy Brenes each had one hit.
In Game 2, Reiswig and Cordell went 3 for 4 and Stacy Brenes and Kaycie Jones were 2 for 4. Davy, Duner and Raber each had one hit.
Truckee hosts Portola in a nonleague game at Regional Park on Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Truckee High JV softball team was determined not to come home empty handed after making the 300-mile trip to Spring Creek on Saturday.
The Wolverines took both ends of the doubleheader by scores of 11-1 and 22-8.
Game 1 started out tight, with Truckee holding just a 2-0 lead after three innings. But the Wolverines rallied in the fourth, fifth and sixth, pushing across nine runs to ensure the victory.
Hannah Zusy threw a one-hitter while walking two and striking out five in six innings.
Heather Fisher led the Truckee hitters, going 3 for 4 while scoring three runs. Miranda Baker had two hits and two RBIs.
In the second half of the twin bill, the Wolverine hitters picked up right where they left off, scoring at least three runs in all but one inning. Truckee hit .500 for the game while collecting 19 hits.
Baker was Truckee’s hit leader, going 4 for 4 with four runs scored and three RBIs. Fisher, Sam Safford, Bailey LeClair and Ashley McKechnie had three hits each, while Tracy Pearson had two.
Zusy again went the distance on the mound, throwing six innings while giving up a walk and 12 hits while striking out two.
Truckee is 8-1 overall and 5-1 in league.