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Truckee drops season openers to Battle Mountain Longhorns

Staff Reports

The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ varsity softball team had a rocky time in a season-starting double header at Battle Mountain this past weekend.

Truckee was defeated by the Longhorns 3-2 in the first game and 6-2 in the second, dropping to 0-2 on the regular season.

It took the Wolverines a while to warm up in the first game. Truckee went two and a half innings before Jesse Turner recorded the Wolverines’ first hit of the afternoon. The hit was an RBI single that drove home Natalie Pratt, who had reached base with a walk, and tied the score at 1-1. Vanessa Ramirez recorded Truckee’s only other hit of the game in the sixth inning and, after a sacrifice fly from Katie Mickelson, scored on a Battle Mountain error.

Battle Mountain scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie.

One substantial lapse in play defeated the Wolverines in game two.

Truckee took an early lead when Pratt hammered a double to lead off the Wolverines’ first at bat. Leilani Mullen followed with a bunt to advance Pratt to third and Turner drove Pratt home. Pratt was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Tied at 1-1 at the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wolverines gave up four hits, committed one error and forfeited five runs to the Longhorns who batted through the order. The Wolverines were unable to answer in the sixth inning and scored once in the seventh inning.


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