Five in a row for Truckee softball
It’s five in a row for the Truckee girls and the team seems destined to have a comfortable seeding in upcoming zones.
With wins against Dayton and Battle Mountain last week, the Tahoe-Truckee High School softball team extended its streak to five wins and went to 4-2 in league play, two games behind first-place Spring Creek.
In the first game, April 29 at Dayton, Truckee won 23-11.
Truckee coach Jon Western said the win was due to Dayton’s pitcher, who walked 17 batters.
“They outhit us, but you can’t overcome that many walks,” Western said.
Highlights of the win included sophomore Becca Shook’s four hits in five at-bats, or .800 day average in the non-league game.
In a league double-header against Battle Mountain, Truckee swept both, winning 8-0 in the first and 27-8 in the second.
The story of the first game was pitcher Erin Tomasello’s 11 strikeouts and single walk.
“Erin pitched an excellent game,” Western said. “We had good pitching and good defense.”
Western said the Truckee bats weren’t as hot as he’d like them to be, but Shook managed to come up with a double to the fence in left center field, giving the Wolverines their only extra base hit in the game.
Tomasello again dominated in the second game, a blow-out called after five innings for the 10-run rule.
Tomasello struck out six Battle Mountain batters and walked five, and the opposing pitchers again threw enough walks to give Truckee the win.
The wins, Western said, are probably enough to put Truckee into division playoffs, and create the possibility of a three-way tie for first place should Truckee slide by North Tahoe in a double-header Friday.
Spring Creek, which has finished regular-season play, stands at 6-2.
Fernley and Truckee are each 4-2, but a Truckee sweep against North Tahoe could put the Wolverines in a tie for first going into zones.
Truckee is 12-9 for the season.
“North Tahoe has struggled this season, and it would mean a lot to them to knock off Truckee,” Western said. “But if Erin pitches like she did at Battle Mountain, I like our chances.”
Truckee plays Incline (non-league) at home today, and North Tahoe at home in a double-header tomorrow at 2 and 4 p.m.
Correction: In last week’s paper TTHS softball player Becca Shook was incorrectly identified as a freshman. Shook is a sophomore.
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