Truckee girls on winning streak
The Tahoe-Truckee High School girls softball team has turned its season around and players are beginning to perform at their true potential.
Prior to Spring Break, the team’s record was five wins and 13 loses with a league record of 1-7. Since the break Truckee has won four straight league games and have four more games prior to this weekend’s division playoffs.
“We have a group of girls who are good ball players and excellent athletes,” said head coach Cathy McClintock. “We have lacked leadership, commitment and execution most the season, but this appears to be turning around. If we can make a good showing in the remaining games with Battle Mountain and North Tahoe, we should go into this weekend’s division playoffs in a good position to compete well.”
In last week’s games, Truckee defeated Fernley 3 to 1 and 10 to 7, followed by a sweep of North Tahoe 8 to 1 and 19 to 8 a couple of days later.
In the first game against Fernley, freshman Vanessa Ramirez led the offensive attack with two doubles and two runs batted in. Pitcher Heather Shove allowed only one run on five hits and struck out 11.
In the second Fernley game the team’s bats came alive as freshman Jesse Turner led the way with four hits and two runs batted in, followed by Natalie Pratt with three hits and two runs scored.
Katie Mickelson and Heather Shove both contributed two hits apiece.
Against North Tahoe Shove pitched her way to an 8 to 1 victory in the opener allowing only three hits and one walk.
She struck out 11. Cali Pratt led the hitting attack with two hits, two runs and three runs batted in. Marci Ramirez had two singles and a run batted in.
In the night cap, Truckee exploded with 19 runs to help Cali Pratt cast to her first victory of the season. She went five innings and only allowed five runs on four hits. Offensively, Jesse Turner led the way with a double, single and three runs batted in followed by Vanessa Ramirez with two hits, two runs and two runs batted in. Courtney Burton also scored two runs on two base hits. The remainder of the team contributed six other hits.
Prior to spring break the team was hitting about .220 and had an on base percentage of around .300.
Since the break the team batting average is over .300 and on base percentage is nearly .500. The pitching staff is also getting stronger and pitching with more intensity. “We appear to be peaking at the right time,” McClintock said.
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The two-time defending state champion Truckee baseball team opened league play in style this weekend, taking a three-game sweep of Sparks.