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Truckee hits win streak

JAMES BALL Sierra Sun

This past week, the Tahoe-Truckee High School softball team took a much-needed rest for spring break.

Before the break, the girls traveled to dry land to play Incline and Whittell, trouncing both teams in runaway wins.

On April 8, Truckee beat Incline soundly, 20-4, giving pitcher Erin Tomasello the win.

Truckee took an early 14-0 lead, in the game which saw Carrie Teague, Kristen Pilner and Tomasello get three hits.

Grace Kenelly led the team with four hits.

“We’ve struggled with Incline over the last two years,” said head softball coach Jon Western. “They have more returning seniors this year than we do, so I thought it would be a lot closer game than it was.”

Western said good defense and Tomasello’s pitching was key to the win.

“We’re back to playing at the level we know we can play. We didn’t play so well in the Capital Christian tournament or in games against Dayton,” he said.

At Whittell

Two days previous, Truckee had run all over the Whittell squad, beating it 24-1.

“(Whittell’s) a young team,” Western said of the easy victory. “They made a lot of errors.”

Highlights of this game included two inside-the-park home runs, one from Becca Shook, the other from Rita Moring.

Tomasello pitched the win in this five-inning game, which was called for the 10-run rule.

Absent from both games was injured junior catcher Lindsey Back.

Back broke her thumb in a March road game, and is expected to return by next week.

In the meantime, Janna Bergen and Shannon Holland are filling in at second base to replace Kennelly, who is standing in for Back behind the plate.

Should Back return as expected, she will be just in time for the toughest stretch of the season.

Home opener

League play kicks into high gear with Truckee’s long-anticipated home opener tomorrow against Spring Creek.

The double-header will be at the TTHS girls’ field at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

“This team has shown it can play well,” said Western. “Now we need to do it against good teams.”

Junior varsity

After five straight rain-outs, the Tahoe-Truckee High School junior varsity softball team met rival North Tahoe in a double-header at Idlewild Park in Reno April 8, coming out with a strong win.

The field was dry but the wind chill was near freezing as the Truckee girls clobbered the Lakers 30-10 in the first game and 20-9 in the second.

Coach Norm Nicholls said the entire team hit and ran well, with more than 30 steals on the day.

Defensive standouts were pitchers Katie Bryan and Emily DeCarlo and second baseman Teal Cutter.

Scheduled this week is Truckee’s home opener against Spring Creek on Friday, April 24, with a start time of 3 p.m. at the regional park.

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