Truckee softball ends season on hot note
The Truckee High softball team swept its final league doubleheader Saturday and got back three losses by way of forfeit to end the regular season with a 9-9 record.
Truckee is guaranteed a spot in the postseason after Sparks forfeited five league games ” three of which were against the Wolverines ” due to ineligible player issues.
On Saturday, the Wolverines shut down visiting Yerington 14-0 and 6-0 on their senior farewell day. It also was prom night, and Truckee head coach Mitch Brown said his players wanted to win as quickly as possible to prepare for the big evening.
“In my number of years coaching, we’ve never had such a good showing on the day of prom. My seniors came to play,” Brown said. “It was one of my prouder moments. They didn’t worry about chipping a nail or skinning their knees, and that was a huge factor in how we did.”
Freshman pitcher Stacy Brenes started both games and sophomore Rachel Zissimos relieved. It was Zissimos’ first game action since she injured her ribs in a car accident.
“I’m super happy Rachel was able to play,” Brown said. “She probably could have played more, but if something were to happen I’d be mad at myself.”
In Game 1, Yerington led off with a double and didn’t reach base again, while Truckee jumped out to a big lead after an eight-run first inning.
Brenes allowed just the one hit in four innings before Zissimos closed the final inning.
At the plate, senior Morgan Womack went 3 for 3 with a double and five RBIs. Brenes was 2 for 2 with four RBIs, and Chelsea Cordell, Kaycie Jones and Cindy Brenes each had one hit.
Stacy Brenes shut down the Lions in the second game by striking out five and allowing two walks and two hits in five innings. Zissimos allowed one hit in relief.
“A big part of our success was our pitchers hitting their spots,” Brown said. “When pitchers hit their spots, it makes all the difference in the world.”
Cordell had a huge game at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a three-run home run to left-center and all six of the Wolverines’ RBIs. Senior Katie Reiswig was 2 for 4 and Amber Davy 2 for 2.
The Truckee High JV softball team wound up its season with a split against Yerington on the road Saturday.
After spotting the Lions nine runs in the first two innings and trailing 9-6 in first game of the doubleheader, Truckee shut out the Lions the rest of the way and came back with 11 runs in the fifth and sixth to win 18-9.
Miranda Baker came on to pitch in relief, allowing only one run over 4.1 innings while striking out four, walking five and yielding two hits.
Heather Fisher led the Wolverines at the plate, going 3 for 3 with three walks. Tracy Pearson and Bailey LeClair also had three hits each, while Britney Brouwers and Megan Falk each had two.
Game 2 was much more of a duel for the first five innings, and the teams entered the sixth inning in an 8-8 tie.
Truckee went up by two on hits by LeClair, Baker and Brouwers in the top of the sixth and felt good about holding the Lions in the bottom half.
But Yerington was able to put across six runs in their half and the game was called due to the two-hour time limit before Truckee could get back up to the plate.
Brouwers, Baker and LeClair led Truckee at the plate with two hits apiece.
Baker again came on in relief in the circle, giving up nine runs on just three hits and seven walks while striking out five in four innings.
Truckee finished the season with a 6-6 league record and 15-7 overall.
Northern 3A postseason play begins May 9. Seedings will determine homefield advantage.