Softball team prepares for state playoffs
Truckee High’s Girls Softball will compete today at the Nevada State tournament.
The team qualified with a third place finish at the Division Tournament in Spring Creek last week.
At Spring Creek, Truckee lost the opener to the host team and eventual tournament champion 10 to 1.
“We were flat and appeared pretty tired following the long trip across the desert the night before”, said head coach Cathy McClintock.
Two hours later, the Wolverines took to the field against Battle Mountain.
During the season Battle Mountain had defeated Truckee four straight times, including two last-inning victories just a couple of days before the tournament.
“We knew we could beat them” said McClintock, “we just needed to focus and execute”.
After three innings Truckee had the lead 2-0. In the fourth inning Truckee extended their lead to 5 to 0, but Battle Mountain came back in the bottom of the fourth with two runs.
The fifth inning was quiet, but in the sixth Truckee scored 3 runs on 2 base hits opening the lead to 8 to 2. But in the bottom of the sixth Battle Mountain exploded with six straight hits and four runs prior to the first out.
“Our girls kept their composure, however, and prevented Battle Mountain from any more scores that inning” said McClintock.
In the top of the seventh inning Truckee reeled off four hits and two runs of their own and held off Battle Mountain to complete the game with a 10 to 6 victory.
“It was a nail biter” said McClintock.
Heather Shove and Vanessa Ramirez contributed with two hits and a run apiece, followed by hits from Natalie Pratt, Marci Ramirez, Jesse Turner, Cali Pratt, Becca Martin, and Leilani Mullen.
Katie Mickelson led the team with three RBI’s on two perfectly executed bunts.
In Saturday’s game, the Fernley Vaqueros came back in the last inning to edge Truckee 2 to 1, clinching a second place finish for them.
“Heather Shove pitched a great game and our defense was excellent, but our bats were flat,” said McClintock.
Other members of the team traveling to the state tournament include Amy Eisenberg, Courtney Burton, Shelly Ratto and Elishia Linegar.
Truckee’s team is young with only three seniors leaving this year.
“Our goal is to surprise a few teams in Mesquite,” said McClintock. “We are capable, but must be focused to succeed.”
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