Cinderella story for TTHS
The Tahoe-Truckee High School softball team captured the Div. 1 title over the weekend after a two-game sweep of Fernley at Spring Creek.
Coming into the tournament in last place, Truckee opened against powerhouse No. 1 Spring Creek.
Pitcher Erin Tomasello, who has suffered from a pulled flexer all season, had trouble finding her rhythm early, giving up hits and walks to put Truckee down 4-1 in the first.
Although the Truckee bats came alive in the fourth, it was too late for Truckee, which advanced to the losers’ bracket against Battle Mountain after a 6-3 loss.
Tomasello worked the ball around the plate, using screwballs, curves and risers. She recorded eight strikeouts, including striking out the side with bases loaded in late-inning threat.
Truckee was not to be denied, and the bats came alive, with seniors Lindsey Back and Grace Kennelly leading the way.
Back, Kennelly, Heather Shove, Natalie Pratt, Leilani Mullen and Emily DeCarlo hammered away for an 11-7 victory.
The win eliminated Battle Mountain from state play and put Truckee in the tourney.
On Saturday, Truckee matched up against Spring Creek, each with 1-1 records (Spring Creek had lost to Fernley the night before).
Shove faced Spring Creek ace Crystal Miller. In previous face-offs, Miller was 3-0 against Shove.
The Truckee bats were up and running, driving a three run breakout inning.
Shove kept Spring Creek off balance with a variety of pitches.
Truckee defense, which has been plagued with inconsistency this season, rose to the occasion, staving off a last-inning surge to preserve the win.
Back in the winners’ bracket, Truckee would have to defeat Fernley twice to capture the 3A title.
Two weeks previous, Fernley swept the Wolverines in a doubleheader.
In game one, TTHS came out swinging against pitcher Candace Draper, who had pitched into extra innings the night before.
Truckee took advantage went on to a 7-4 win.
In the championship game, Truckee was the home team and Shove took the mound with 14 innings under her belt.
The crowd had dwindled to less than 50 people, with Spring Creek and Battle Mountain already out of the running.
The temperature was dropping and intermittent snow was falling, and the Fernley team -consisting of eight seniors-was visibly shaken by the conditions, but played defensively from the start.
Tomasello pitched the ______ victory.
This is the second-straight division title for the Wolverines, and Tomaselo, Back and Kennelly have combined for 59 victories in four years.
In two years, Tomasello has pitched 29 wins.
Tomasello and Shove pitched .500 ball for the title.
Truckee opens with the No. 3 seed from the south at 12:30 p.m. at City Park in Yerington today.
Spring Creek faces No. 1 Manogue at 10 a.m. No. 2 Fernley takes on the No. 1 team from the south at 12:30 p.m.
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