Lady Wolverines still in the game
Despite splitting a doubleheader with the Lowry Buckaroos last Saturday at the Regional Park, the Lady Wolverines still have an excellent chance of securing the coveted second seed in the NIAA 3A Northern Zone Tournament.
Truckee lost the first game 4-2 in an utterly heartbreaking fashion before rebounding to take the nightcap 8-4.
“We had a no hitter in seventh inning with two outs and end up losing 4-2,” said an exasperated Head Softball Coach Jack Howard. “We had a walk, then had four errors on three straight batters and then (they) hit a triple. They were all infield errors, I have no idea what happen, because we played well up to that point.”
Starting pitcher Heather Shove was once again dominant, coming within one out of a no-hitter before everything fell apart.
“She was pretty upset,” Howard said.
But in addition to the walk and the series of blunders late in the first game, the Lady Wolverines also missed numerous chances to widen their lead.
“We left 13 runners stranded, we had all kinds chances. We had runners on just about every inning,” Howard said.
Truckee broke a scoreless tie by scoring once in fifth and once in the sixth.
Jesse Turner led Truckee at the plate by going 2-for-4 in game one, with a total of four hits on the day.
In game two, Truckee scored five runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth to break open what was a 2-2 game.
Kayle White went 2-for-3, Julie Hill 2-for-4 and Vanessa Ramirez 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs.
In all, the Wolverines had12 hits, all singles except for a triple by Shove.
“They play tough defense, they are really well coached. You have to really get a single against them,” Howard said.
Softball Playoff Outlook
Entering the final weekend of play this Saturday, Truckee is tied with Spring Creek for third, with both teams a game behind Fernley.
However, the Lady Wolverines have several things working in their favor in the race for the second seed. Among them, the fact that they own the tiebreaker against Fernley thanks to a doubleheader sweep in April, and their remaining games are against winless North Tahoe this weekend while Fernley and Spring Creek finish with much tougher competition.
Fernley hosts first-place Manogue, while Spring Creek takes on a solid Lowry squad.
In addition to splitting the twin bill with Truckee on Saturday, Lowry has the lone league win against Manogue.
Fernley can only win the league title if they sweep Manogue in a double header at Fernley this Saturday.
If Truckee wins both of their games against North Tahoe on Saturday, Spring Creek would also need to sweep Lowry to remain tied with the Lady Wolverines.
The girls regular-season league champ will host both the baseball and softball 3A Northern Zone Tournaments on May 9-11.
The zone tournament will include six teams, with the two top seeds getting first round byes. The four lower seeds will play for the right to face the top seeds in the second round.
A champion, runner up and third place teams to come out of the third round will move onto the state tournament in Mesquite, Nev. May 16 to 18.