Truckee JV softball gets offensive
The Truckee High junior varsity softball team left little doubt about its offense, scoring 39 runs during a doubleheader sweep at Sparks on Saturday. The Wolverines, now 7-1 on the season, routed the Railroaders 23-6 and 16-7.
Truckee pounded out 17 hits and batted around in three of the five innings in Game 1, which was called after the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.
Heather Fisher and Hannah Zusy each had three hits, including two doubles by Zusy. Lindsay Nason, Amber Davy and Katelyn Gadsby each had two hits.
Zusy also turned in the defensive gem of the game while pitching when she deflected a hard-hit line drive straight up before reeling it back in for the catch and firing to second to pick off the runner in an inning-ending double play. For the game, Zusy held the Railroaders to seven hits and three walks while striking out seven.
In Game 2, Sparks switched to a faster pitcher who gave up only seven hits. But the Wolverines took advantage of eight Railroader errors to score 16 runs.
The Sparks hitters were also catching up to Zusy in the second game, tagging her for 13 hits. But the Truckee defense had her back with several key plays.
Following two quick runs in the second inning by the Railroaders, who then had runners on the corners with no outs, Truckee catcher Ashley McKechnie fired to shortstop Amber Davy on a steal attempt. Davy immediately returned a strike to McKechnie to cut down the runner trying to score from third.
Two batters later, third baseman Katelyn Gadsby caught a line drive and converted it into a double play by picking off the runner at second to end what could have been a big inning for Sparks.
Ashlyn Aulwurm had three hits, including a triple and Fisher had another two hits.
“I am very impressed by the way the girls are coming together as a team and they way they are aggressively running the bases,” said Truckee coach Randy Fisher.