Lady Wolverines meet worthy opponent
Tuesday’s softball game at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno between league heavyweights Manogue and Truckee turned out to be worthy of its first-place-at-stake status.
Unfortunately for Truckee, Katie Federici’s third hit of the day was a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh off the Lady Wolverines’ ace Heather Shove that earned the Lady Miners an 8-7 win.
It also gave the Lady Miners a two-game lead over Truckee, putting Manogue in the driver’s seat of the NIAA 3A with a 9-1 record in league. Truckee fell to 7-3.
The regular season softball champion in the NIAA 3A will host both the baseball and softball Northern Zone Playoffs, so Tuesday’s game had huge post-season implications as well.
Though they were down for much of the game, the Lady Wolverines, helped along by five Manogue errors, refused to go quietly.
Trailing 7-3 heading into the fifth, they scored twice in the top of the inning, then added a single run in the sixth before getting the equalizer in the top of the seventh.
Jesse Turner singled in Shove to tie the game at 7-7 in the seventh.
Both Manogue and Truckee have four games left, with each team hosting a doubleheader against the winless North Tahoe Lakers.
The Lady Wolverines also host a Lowry team this weekend that dealt the Lady Miners their only loss in league play. Manogue finishes the season with a tough doubleheader at Fernley.
The Lady Wolverines’ softball team moved into a virtual tie for first-place with Manogue last week thanks to a pair of wins on April 13 against Yerington in Truckee.
The Lady Wolverines won both ends of a doubleheader, beating the Lady Lions 6-2 and 13-10.
Shove was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out seven while giving up only three hits.
Julie Rohrback was 3-for-4 with a triple in the first game.
In game two, Shove pitched the first three innings, striking out four with two hits and two earned runs, before sophomore Amber Harder took over.
Harder and Vanessa Ramirez were both 2-for-4 in game two.
The Lady Wolverines will kick off the front end of this Saturday’s doubleheader with Lowry at noon.