Truckee softball faulters in late innings; JVs win
The Truckee High softball team fell to 0-2 in the Northern 3A after a 7-1 loss at Dayton on Wednesday.
Truckee scored one run in the first inning and led 1-0 until the fifth, when Dayton scored twice to take the lead. The Dust Devils then scored four runs in the sixth and another in the seventh while the Wolverines went scoreless.
“It wasn’t so much that we lost that upset me, it was how we lost,” Truckee coach Mitch Brown said. “We played great for four innings. Then the proverbial wheels fell off.”
Sophomore Rachel Zissimos pitched a complete game for the Wolverines, allowing six hits and recording six strikeouts. After playing flawless defense through the first four innings, Truckee committed eight errors in the final three.
“Our defense was great until the top of the fifth,” Brown said. “Then they lost focus.”
Offensively, junior Cindy Brenes led the way with a 2-for-3 performance. Chelsea Cordell, Katie Reiswig, Annie Duner and Amber Davy each had one hit.
Truckee played with a limited roster of 10 players due to injuries.
“We’re limping right now,” Brown said.
Truckee plays a doubleheader at Dayton on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Truckee High junior varsity softball team defeated the Virginia City Muckers’ varsity squad 12-8 in a nonleague road game Wednesday.
After a scoreless first inning, the Wolverines got on the board in the second with three runs, coming off hits by Britney Brouwers and Tracy Pearson and doubles by Megan Faulk and Ashley McKechnie.
Five Truckee errors in the bottom of the frame allowed the Muckers to put five runs on the board, taking the lead. But, with two runners in scoring position, Wolverine shortstop Bailey LeClair stopped the bleeding with a diving, mid-air catch of a line drive to her right to end the inning.
To make up for the shaky defense in the second, Truckee hitters scored six runs in the third on hits by Mirand Baker, Brouwers, Pearson and Sam Safford. The nine runs Truckee had at the end of the third would be all they needed after the defense settled down, committing only two more errors the remainder of the game.
The Muckers had a chance in the bottom of the seventh and final inning after their first two batters reached base and the next two batters hit solid shots to the outfield. But Truckee center fielder Tracy Pearson tracked down both shots and caught them on the fly to end the threat.
Truckee pitcher Hannah Zusy went the distance, throwing seven innings, striking out nine while giving up two walks and six hits.
Brouwers led the Wolverines with three hits, while McKechnie, LeClair, Baker and Pearson each had two.