JV sluggers taking a swing at the game
After two weeks of competition, the Tahoe-Truckee High School junior varsity softball team now boasts a record of 3-2.
On March 17, the team came back from a nine-run deficit against the Hawthorne varsity team, but fell shortly to 17-15.
After the game, Hawthorne’s head coach had good things to say about the Truckee girls.
“He could not believe I had no upperclassmen on our team,” said Truckee head coach Norm Nicholls. “I was extremely proud of the girls and they never gave up.”
Two days later, Truckee fell to Loyalton’s varsity team 13-3, but came back strong the following Saturday, beating Forest Lake’s varsity team in two games, 31-6 and 18-6.
Nicholls said the Forest Lake team is rebuilding after losing a large number of players to spring soccer league.
“I was very happy with the intensity of my players, both defensively and offensively,” said Nicholls. “They did not take the game lightly.”
This past Thursday, Truckee edged Dayton’s junior varsity team 6-5 at Dayton.
Nicholls said the pitching picked up tremendously in this game.
Sophomore Katie Bryan pitched the entire game, with the exception of the last hitter.
“She pitched a good game, but tired out in the last inning.”
Freshman Leilani Mullen came in for the strikeout and the win.
Other returning sophomores are Abby Whitfield, Malissa Davis and Marci Ramirez.
“These players have definitely matured since last year and are working hard to improve,” said Nicholls.
The team is joined by first-year players and sophomores Kendra Murphy and Shauna Murray. Freshmen Teal Cutter, Emily DeCarlo, Ashley Long, Becca Martin, Mullen, Cali Pratt and Renee Trudeau also join the team.
The team consists of girls who have played in ASA fast-pitch leagues in Reno.
“This is the most exciting team I have ever coached,” said Nicholls. “With some field time, experience and determination, this team should have a great season. Pitching is our main weakness, but Bryan, Mullen, Pratt and DeCarlo are working extremely hard and are improving every day.”
Nicholls said hitting is the team’s greatest strength, with the girls already sporting a .500 average.
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