Playoff hopes dim for Truckee softball
The Truckee High softball team lost both games of a league doubleheader, 11-2 and 5-4, at Spring Creek on Saturday.
The sweep marked the fourth straight loss in Northern 3A league play for the Wolverines, who fell to 6-8 and likely were eliminated from the postseason picture, said coach Mitch Brown. Spring Creek improved to 10-4.
“We haven’t played at all up to our capabilities since Spring Break,” Brown said. “Some girls have played really well and others have played absolutely terrible.”
Freshman pitcher Rachel Zissimos started Game 1 for the Wolverines, going the distance while picking up two strikeouts and yielding six walks. Brown said multiple defensive errors contributed to the 11 Spartan runs.
Leading the way at the plate for Truckee was freshman catcher Chelsea Cordell, who put on an offensive display by going 4-for-4 with a double and solo home run to give the Wolverines their final run in the fifth inning.
Junior Katie Reiswig went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, Annie Duner 2-for-4, Zissimos 1-for-3 and Kelly Stephens 1-for-4.
“Game 2 was a little bit better, but still not acceptable,” Brown said. “I don’t know if it was the heat or lack of enthusiasm, but we just couldn’t hold (the Spartans). I was really kind of disappointed in them.”
The Wolverines struck early in Game 2, rallying for three runs in the first inning and scoring another run in the top of the second. But, they couldn’t maintain the lead.
Junior pitcher Morgan Womack started and went the distance for Truckee, striking out four and walking five in seven innings of work.
Offensively, Cordell went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Reiswig was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Stephens 2-for-4, Jordan Raber 2-for-4, Logan White 1-for-3 with an RBI, Kaitie Zusy 1-for-2 and Duner 1-for-4.
The Wolverines won 6-5 in a non-league contest at Portola this past Thursday.
Despite the win, Brown said the Wolverines “did not play anywhere near their potential.”
Womack pitched the first three innings for the Wolverines and Zissimos the final four. Womack gave up three runs while striking out one and walking two. Zissimos allowed one run while striking out one and walking none.
Cordell went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs, Reiswig was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI and Duner 2-for-4 with an RBI. Raber, White and Jenny Geresy each had a hit, with Raber picking up an RBI.
Truckee hosts Whittell at Truckee River Regional Park for a non-league doubleheader Wednesday at 2 and 4 p.m. The Wolverines then play at Northern 3A rival North Tahoe for their final games of the season Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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