Truckee softball | Crucial league loss at South Tahoe ends win streak
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8211; Host South Tahoe snapped the Truckee softball team’s 11-game win streak with a 3-2 walk-off victory Friday.
The loss likely cost the Wolverines the top 3A playoff seed from the Mount Rose League, and homefield advantage in the opening playoff round, as the Vikings will own the better league record if they beat Sparks twice this weekend. Sparks has only two wins on the season, both by forfeit.
Truckee, despite beating South Tahoe two of three games in their league series, finished the regular season 9-3 in league and 18-8-1 overall. South Tahoe is 8-2 in league entering Saturday’s doubleheader at Sparks.
Sidney Loomis delivered the crucial blow on Friday, dropping the game-winning hit in front of Truckee center fielder Tracy Pearson to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh and send her team into jubilation.
“It feels amazing,” Loomis said after the game. “We wanted to be able to play for that one seed in the playoffs and now we’ve got that chance.”
The game featured a pitchers’ duel between Truckee freshman Breanna Weber and South Tahoe’s Mel Smith, both of whom went the distance.
The hard-throwing Smith recorded 15 strikeouts on the day while allowing only five hits and three walks. Weber was nearly as good, as she gave up five hits and three walks while striking out 10.
Senior Natalya Jones led the Wolverines at the plate, finishing 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI, driving in Bailey LeClair. Fellow senior Stacy Brenes scored Truckee’s only other run on a controversial passed ball.
On the play, the umpire kicked an errant ball behind home plate in the top of the sixth inning, after which Brenes alertly came in to score to give Truckee a 2-0 lead. South Tahoe then announced it was playing the game under protest.
But the Vikings didn’t need to in the end, as they recovered in the bottom of the sixth with a two-RBI single from Bailey David, tying the score going into the final inning.
LeClair and Brenes each had a hit for the Wolverines, while Clair DePew had a triple.
— Douglas Etten of the Tahoe Daily Tribune contributed to this story.