Truckee softball fumbles first league game
Take away the first three innings and the Truckee High softball team played quality ball in its first league game Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, those first three innings counted, and they resulted in 10 Truckee errors and 13 Sparks runs en route to a 15-11 loss.
“We gave them 13 of their 15 runs,” said Truckee coach Mitch Brown, adding that his team committed errors of every variety, finishing with 11 total. “It was 13-4 before we started playing softball.”
To their credit, the Wolverines ” the official home team despite having to play on the opponent’s home field ” never gave up after allowing two runs in the first inning, six runs in the second and five in the third.
Scoring two runs of their own in the first and second innings, the Wolverines chipped away at the Railroaders’ lead with a three-run third and four more runs in the fifth, bringing the score to 15-11.
“They were nervous,” Brown said of the Railroaders. “We had every opportunity to take the lead and get the win. But (Truckee players) got too anxious and started swinging at bad pitches.”
The highlight of the game for the Wolverines came in the bottom half of the second when Katelyn Gadsby blasted a two-run home run that sailed over the outfield fence. Gadsby was 2-for-3 on the day with a home run, double and three RBIs.
While the Wolverines struggled defensively, their offense came to life with 15 hits.
Katie Reiswig went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Cindy Brenes was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, Chelsea Cordell 2-for-4 with an RBI and Morgan Womack 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Stacy Brenes pitched the first two innings for Truckee before Rachel Zissimos came in and threw the final five innings.
“I’m hoping this was a good wake-up call because they got down and battled back,” Brown said. “Sparks capitalized and played well. They were the better team that day.”
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