Preps begins league play
The Truckee High softball team won both games of a doubleheader, 16-6 and 13-12, at Yerington to begin Northern 3A league play on Saturday.
Freshman Rachel Zissimos pitched both games for the Wolverines, demonstrating what her coach called a phenomenal changeup in picking up the two victories.
“It’s early,” said Truckee coach Mitch Brown, “so I’m not thinking of a state championship or anything yet. I’m just excited to see that the first game went well.”
Offensively for the Wolverines, Ali Tucker went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Katie Reiswig was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Kelly Stephens 1-for-2 with three stolen bases and two runs and freshman Chelsea Cordell, who started both games at catcher, 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two stolen bases.
“In Game 1 we didn’t play as well as the score anticipated,” Brown said, explaining that his team became a bit too confident with a large lead and allowed the Lions to score several runs in the later innings. “I liked out play better in the second game.”
The second game was a come-from-behind win, as the Wolverines trailed 9-5 in the fourth inning before taking the lead and holding on for the 13-12 victory.
Sophomore Cindy Brenes, Truckee’s second baseman, and senior shortstop Kelly Stephens contributed to the win with great defensive plays in the middle of the infield, Brown said. Tucker had another solid game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Reiswig was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Cordell 3-for-5 with an RBI and Annie Duner 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Jenny Geresy and Logan White each had two hits and two RBIs.
Truckee plays a doubleheader at Lowry on Wednesday. Games start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Truckee’s junior varsity softball team split a doubleheader at Yerington on Saturday.
After sitting in 80-degree heat for nearly three hours waiting for an umpire, Truckee shortstop Amber Davy and Allee Macrorie put their fellow Wolverines on their backs en route to a 5-3 win in Game 1. In the top of the first, the Lions jumped out front by scoring their first two batters. But Davy first picked up a grounder up the middle and stepped on second for the first out, then put a stop to the inning with a diving catch to her right.
In the bottom half of the inning, Davy got the Wolverines on the board with an RBI double to left.- Later in the game, she also put a ground rule double over the left field fence while continuing to dominate the left side of the defense.
As the Lions held a one-run edge entering the bottom of the fourth, Truckee took advantage of several Yerington miscues to take the lead . First, Heather Fisher reached base on an error, then Macrorie hit a ball to the Lion shortstop on what should have been an easy out at second. But after several poor throws and missed catches, both Fisher and Macrorie found themselves at home with a 4-3 Wolverine lead that they would not relinquish.
Truckee’s luck would run out in Game 2.
Despite scoring four runs in the top of the first, the Wolverines gave up seven largely unearned runs in the first two innings on several miscues of their own.
Davy again was solid at shortstop, turning a double play by tracking down a line drive and firing to first to pick off the runner in the third inning.
But the Wolverine offense could not overcome those first seven runs and dropped the game by a score of 9-6.
In 8 2/3 innings between the two games, Truckee pitcher Ashlyn Aulwyrm allowed six runs on 11 hits while issuing one free base to Yerington hitters.
At the plate the Wolverines were led by Davy (3-for-5, two doubles, two runs), Aulwyrm (3-for-5, run) and leadoff hitter Ashley McKechnie, who reached base five out of six times, drawing four walks.
The Truckee High junior varsity baseball team tied at Quincy, 12-12, and lost to Loyalton’s varsity team, 8-3, this past week.
Scott Mathot led the Wolverines on the mound against Quincy, striking out four. He was relieved by Brian Matthew. CJ Ackerman led the team offensively with his bat and speed, going 4-for-6 with three RBIs, a double and five stolen bases. Brian Matthew went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double, Brett Russon 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Matt Thies 2-for-5 with two stolen bases.
Ryan Zusy started on the mound for the Wolverines against Loyalton’s varsity squad, allowing three runs before Jamison White came in for relief. White struck out one and set down the top three batters in the Grizzlies’ lineup in order in the fifth inning. Truckee’s Myles Allen closed the game by striking out two and allowing one run.
Matthew led the Wolverines at the plate, going 2-for-3, with a double and RBI. Aaron Jones was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
“The team played decent,” Truckee head coach Matt Carlson said. “We were putting the ball in play, but Loyalton played defense well and positioned us nearly perfect.
Truckee plays at Lowry Wednesday at 1 p.m.
The Truckee High golf team took first place out of nine teams in the Northern 3A season-opening tournament at Fernley this past Thursday.
The Wolverines shot 399 ” a combined total of the five lowest scores out of six golfers ” while host Fernley finished runner-up at 401. Incline was third at 416, followed by Lowry (424), Spring Creek (434), Dayton (448), North Tahoe (454), Yerington (484) and Sparks (DQ).
Individually, Truckee junior Matt Hardy was the medalist of the tournament, shooting 77. Danny Kruck shot 78 for the Wolverines while Pat Galvin shot 79, Kevin Barchas 80 and Rich Breuner 85.
For the Lakers, David Phipps shot 80, Taylor Tomlinson 88 and Kevin Scardigli 90.
Next up is the Dayton Tournament on Thursday. Tee off is 10 a.m.
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