Tomasello and Shove lead the way
Including tournament play, the Tahoe-Truckee High School softball team is off to a 14-3 start.
With a new coach, Cathy McClintock at the helm, the team has just returned from earning a confidence-building second place at the Hawthorne Tournament last weekend.
The team entered its second day at the tourney with two losses: one to Bishop; another to Yerington.
Truckee first defeated Battle Mountain 4-3 with freshman pitcher Heather Shove on the mound. Shove had five strikeouts.
Senior Erin Tomasello then pitched against Mammoth, getting four strikeouts and helping Truckee to a 4-1 win. Grace Kennelly and Lindsey Back led Truckee with a double apiece; Becca Martin and Shove each had a single.
Truckee then matched up against Bishop for a second time, this time coming out with a win by a run in the fifth inning.
Tomasello earned six strikeouts, while Shove hit a home run and drove in the winning run with a double.
The win pitted Truckee against Yerington in the championship game.
With five strikeouts, Tomasello couldn’t quit shut down Yerington, which edged Truckee 1-0 for the championship.
Natalie Pratt hit a single.
McClintock, who is head coach for the first year, but had served various coaching functions in TTHS softball over the years, credited Tomasello and Shove for their performances.
“With Erin, they can’t hit off her,” she said. “We go with her because she’s got the mental focus to battle back and not put the team in jeopardy.”
She said Shove needs time to develop, but said she is “faster than Erin and throws more pitches than her.”
McClintock credits Shove for pitching two shutouts and throwing 11 strikeouts in a single game.
The girls defeated Lovelock on the road earlier this week with 14-0 and 11-0 shutouts.
“We’re strong,” said McClintock.
League play begins April 17 at Truckee against Battle Mountain (game time 11 a.m.).
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