Quite a run, but the Wolverines are done
The Wolverines opened the tournament by facing the No. 1 seed and reigning state champion Pahrump Valley High. The Wolverines brought their “A” game, as Truckee coach Mitch Brown said, but still lost a heartbreaker by a score of 2-1.
Brown feels as though the girls’ effort was worthy of a win.
“We should have beat Pahrump Valley,” Brown said. “We didn’t do anything wrong.”
Senior shortstop Julie Rohrback started things off for the Wolverines in the first inning with a base hit to left. Kaley White, the team’s senior ace pitcher, followed with a hard-hit grounder to short that resulted in a double play. Junior first baseman Dani Turner then singled to center field and sophomore catcher Alycia Smith struck out to end the inning.
White found herself in a bases-loaded jam in the first inning after back-to-back singles and a hit batsman to open the game. The cleanup hitter then hit a sharp ground ball to sophomore third baseman Kelly Stephens, who threw home for the out. White walked in the first run before getting out of the inning on an infield fly and a grounder to Rohrback. The score at the end of one inning: 1-0, Pahrump.
White recorded a one-two-three second inning and another in the third.
Senior center fielder Courtney Prouty singled in the second inning, but was left stranded at first. In the third, Rohrback crushed a solo home run over the center field fence for her sixth and longest home run of the season. At the end of three the game was tied 1-1.
Good pitching and solid defense on both sides kept the game tied until the sixth inning.
With one out in the sixth, Pahrump managed a double off a diving Katie Geresy’s glove in right field. A pop-up to Stephens made two outs. Then, a base hit up the middle drove in the go-ahead run.
The Wolverines did not answer in the seventh, and the game ended in a 2-1 Pahrump Valley win.
The second game was ugly for the Wolverines, as indicated by the final score of 10-0.
“We didn’t come out to play in the second game,” Truckee coach Mitch Brown said. “We went from our ‘A’ game (in the first game) to our ‘D’ game.”
After waiting around in the desert heat for more than two hours after the first loss, the Wolverines faced Northern 3A nemesis Spring Creek, the team that beat them twice during the regular season and finished in first place in league.
Brown said if he had known how long the wait would be before the second game started, he would have brought the team back to the air conditioned hotel room. But whether the source of the girls’ torpor were sun rays or heartbreak, Spring Creek handed Truckee an old-fashioned whooping.
Spring Creek pitcher Amber Garcia threw a no hitter and nearly a perfect game. Truckee shortstop Kelly Stephens was the only Wolverine to reach base, on a walk in the top of the fourth inning.
The Spartans scored three runs in the first inning on five hits and two Truckee errors. The trend continued in the second as Spring Creek added four runs on five hits and two Truckee errors. The Wolverines allowed another three runs in the third on two hits and an error. The score at the end of three innings: 10-0, Spring Creek. And that would be the final.
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