Truckee, North Tahoe softball | Murphy duels Dayton ace in close loss |

Truckee, North Tahoe softball | Murphy duels Dayton ace in close loss

Courtesy of Mike Stram / Submitted to swright@sierNatalya Jones makes solid contact during a game earlier this season. Jones and the Wolverines lost a pitcher's duel, 2-0, to defending state champion Dayton on Saturday.

Sometimes, even a loss can be encouraging.

Truckee junior Krysta Murphy kept her Wolverines in the game Saturday with a well-pitched duel against hard-throwing Dayton starter MacKenzie Cole, who has already signed with Boise State. But the defending state champion Dust Devils (11-3 overall) came out on top by a score of 2-0 in the 3A crossover game.

and#8220;That’s the best pitcher we’re going to face this year, for sure,and#8221; said Truckee assistant coach Martin Davy. and#8220;That was very encouraging, and I’m very proud of the girls.and#8221;

Murphy walked only two batters while throwing a complete game, which hasn’t been done by a Truckee pitcher in at least two seasons, Davy said. Bailey LeClair led the Wolverines at the plate, going 2 for 3, while Natalya Jones and Cheyenne Acevedo each went 1 for 3.

In other crossover games over the weekend, Truckee also lost to Fallon, 14-4, on Saturday and to Fernley, 12-2, on Friday.

Against Fallon, Truckee walked eight hitters and gave up six hits in the first two innings en route to the loss. Tracy Pearson went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and an RBI, while Stacy Brenes had a double and two RBI, Jones had a double and Murphy a single and RBI. LeClair and Claire DePew each had one hit.

Davy said the Wolverines beat themselves against Fernley, as they committed eight errors in the game. Brenes and LeClair each had a double and RBI in the loss, and Jessie Jensen contributed a hit and RBI. Jones added a double and DePew a single.

The Wolverines are now 1-5 overall.

The North Tahoe softball team is still trying to break into the win column after a tough start to the season.

Most recently, the Lakers (0-8 overall) dropped three 2A crossover games this past weekend, as they lost 11-0 to Silver Stage, 18-3 to Pershing County and 13-1 to Yerington.

Against Silver Stage on Friday, the Lakers managed three hits in the game, one apiece from Madison Martin, Tara Turpin and Meghen Grijalva. Turpin also had a stolen base.

In a previous loss to South Tahoe on March 30, by a score of 20-8, Kalia Norris led the Lakers with two hits, while Sierra Aildasani and Heidi Jimenez each contributed one hit. Turpin had an RBI. In the first game of the doubleheader against South Tahoe, Kylie Henderson, Samantha Jeffers, Jimenez and Turpin each had a hit for the Lakers.

UP NEXT: Truckee plays a Mount Rose League doubleheader against Whittell at Lampe Park in Gardnerville on Saturday. North Tahoe is scheduled to play a league doubleheader at Sparks on Saturday.

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