Maes throws two no-hitters
Mentally fatigued after taking her SAT tests Saturday morning, Tahoe-Truckee High School varsity softball player Brooke Maes didn’t know how she would perform in Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader with Battle Mountain.
As it turned out, the senior pitcher had the best performance of her high school career, as she pitched two consecutive no-hitters to give Truckee two wins, 12-0 and 17-0, and a tie for first place in Division I with a 5-1 league record.
“I’ve had a no-hitter before and a shutout before, but never two no-hit shutouts in a row,” Maes said. “After the SAT tests, I was afraid my head wouldn’t be in the game, but my teammates made a lot of great defensive plays behind me to help get the no-hitters.”
The closest Battle Mountain came to recording a hit was in the fifth inning of the second game. With one out, a ball was driven deep into the gap and appeared to be heading for the fence, but leftfielder Rita Moring came out of nowhere to snare the drive and preserve the no-hitter.
“Rita saved the no-hitter for Brooke,” said Wolverine coach Jon Western. “She got a good jump on the ball and used her speed to make the catch.”
Western said Maes’ consecutive no-hitters might be a first in school history.
“Certainly no one has done it in my nine years of coaching,” Western said. “Brooke was ‘on’ – she had good speed and accuracy during the doubleheader.”
Truckee was able to score 12 runs on only three hits in the first game, due mainly to the 12 walks which the Battle Mountain pitcher issued to Truckee batters. Becky Parker and Jessica Valle had doubles in the game and Alisha York recorded a single, accounting for five RBI.
In the second game, a 10-run third inning broke the game wide open, giving the Wolverines a 16-0 lead. Sarah Jones led the Wolverine batters as she was three-for-three with 4 RBI. Also recording hits were Daisy Toole, Parker, Rita Moring, Tenley Pratt, Lindsey Back, Maes and Alli Back, who finished with three RBI.
Truckee wins coin toss
As big as the Wolverines sweep over the Longhorns was on Saturday, the coin toss that Truckee won against Spring Creek Monday was perhaps just as important. The coin toss was held to determine the site of the Division I softball tournament should Spring Creek and Truckee be tied for first place in the standings following this weekend’s league play.
In order for the Wolverines, currently 5-1, to tie Spring Creek, which has already concluded its season with a 7-1 record, they must sweep North Tahoe tomorrow on the final day of the Division I regular season.
“We were hoping to win the coin toss because it wouldn’t seem just for us to travel back to Spring Creek when we already traveled there this season,” Western said.
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