Lady Wolverines pitch to perfection
When Truckee and Fernley met just a week-and-a half ago, the Lady Wolverines’ Heather Shove had to pitch extra innings of perfection to out duel Vaquero starter Christine Thomas in a 1-0 semifinal win in the Dayton Softball Tournament.
But last Friday, when the Lady Wolverines hosted the Vaqueros in an afternoon doubleheader, Shove lead the Lady Wolverines back to victory with her bat in the first game and her pitching in the second, as Truckee swept the twin bill 5-4 and 13-2.
In the first game, both teams hit, and hit well.
Fernley built a 4-0 lead with single runs in the first and sixth and a pair of runs in the third.
Meanwhile, Thomas had asserted herself over the bats of the Lady Wolverines’ lineup for five full innings.
But Shove got things started in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff walk. She then stole second and went to third on a bad throw from the catcher.
First baseman Jesse Turner followed with a dribbler back to the mound that was fielded by Thomas. With Shove on third, Thomas hesitated before throwing wildly to first.
Shove came home on a double steal and a clutch two-out single by Amber Harder brought in Turner to make it 4-2.
Despite the two runs in the sixth, Thomas appeared in control enough to shut the door on Truckee in the seventh.
But the Lady Wolverines would rally.
Shelly Ratto led off, and down in the count 0-2, lined a shot to right center for a double.
Julie Hill followed with an RBI-double down the right field line, and after Kelly Snyder singled to put runners on first and third with no outs and Shove coming up, it looked like the Lady Wolverines would end the game then and there.
But Shove missed on an attempted bunt and Hill, who had strayed too far off third base, was picked off.
After Shove struck out, Turner kept the inning alive with another infield single, once again putting runners on first and third.
Kayle White then came up and appeared to ground out to end the game, but Vaquero second baseman Kami Kornegay bobbled the ball, allowing Snyder to score the tying run.
Turner was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second to end the inning, but Truckee had tied the game at 4-4 as the game headed into extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Shove led off with a triple, and came home with the winning run two pitches later on a wild pitch by Thomas.
The Lady Wolverines were led by Harder, who was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Turner, who was 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Ratto and Hill also had two hits apiece.
Shove gave up six hits, with nine strikeouts and three walks.
The Lady Wolverines then rode the momentum from their come-from-behind win in the first game into the second game, routing Fernley 13-2.
Shove gave up only one earned run, complimented with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Vanessa Ramirez was 2 for 2 two RBIs in the second game.
“It’s hard to get into the second game after losing the way we did in the first game,” said Fernley Coach Diane Chapin afterward. “Truckee made mistakes early and we made mistakes late, and they cost us.”
The Lady Wolverines, who improved to 14-4 overall, host Yerington this Saturday in a doubleheader that starts at noon.