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A first for Truckee softball

Sierra Sun Staff

For the first time in TTHS softball history the Wolverines are division one league champions and are headed to the state championship, thanks to three wins in last weekend’s zone playoffs.

In the zone

In the first of four games at Truckee, the Wolverines defeated Battle Mountain 5-1 with consecutive runs from Krissy Silva, Shannon Holland and Jana Bergen in the fourth inning.

Grace Kennelley added another in the fifth.

In the second game, Truckee beat Spring Creek 6-5.

On Saturday, the team knew it needed to win one of two games to make it to state, and perhaps it would only have a single chance with snow coming down.

Truckee lost the first game to Spring Creek, 8-2.

“We didn’t play poorly,” said head coach Jon Western, “It was just a case of Spring Creek playing really well.”

But fortune was on the Truckee side as skies cleared and the team was given one more shot at state.

The Wolverines came out with eight runs in the first inning, but Spring Creek battled back in the seventh, closing to a 9-6 score.

Two Spring Creek runners were on base and the tying run was at the plate when the batter hit a sinking line drive to center field.

Truckee’s Becca Shook dove forward for the ball, catching the third out and signaling Truckee’s trip to southern Nevada.

Erin Tomasello pitched each inning of all four games.

“She’s gone the distance for us and done an excellent job,” said Western.

Now there is a big task ahead of the girls: Hawthorne, which Truckee plays in Thursday’s first round of state.

“They’re playing real well right now,” Western said of Hawthorne.

Should the team advance past Hawthorne, Western said Manogue is the team to beat.

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