Truckee JV softball comes back for win
The Truckee High JV softball team beat Whittell 14-10 at Gardnerville on Monday to improve to 10-2 on the season.
After losing regular pitcher Hannah Zusy to a season-ending injury against Quincy on March 31, Truckee will be forced to use a committee of pitchers for the remainder of the season. The Wolverines used Monday’s nonleague game for some practice.
Truckee had sophomore varsity player Rachel Zissimos on hand for relief, but started with Ashley McKechnie and Miranda Baker on the mound.
After two-plus innings, the Wolverines found themselves up 7-0. But after allowing a run and loading the bases, McKechnie was pulled from the mound and replaced with Baker.
Two pitches later, McKechnie, now playing third, caught a hard-hit line drive and then tagged the runner at third to complete the unassisted double play and end the threat.
Zissimos replaced Baker in the circle in the fourth, but the Warriors were able to plate nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings, and the game was tied 10-10 entering the seventh.
Truckee was able to put four runs across in the top half, then shut out Whittell in the bottom half to preserve the victory.
McKechnie, Heather Fisher and Sam Safford each had three hits on the day and Safford had five stolen bases. Bailey LeClair had two hits for the Wolverines.
The Wolverine trio of pitchers combined for four strikeouts while yielding 10 walks, 12 hits and 10 runs.