Truckee softball | Fallon sweeps 3A playoff series |

Truckee softball | Fallon sweeps 3A playoff series

Steve Ranson / Lahontan Valley NewsTruckee senior Stacy Brenes pitched in relief in Game 1 on Friday. The Wolverines lost two straight, 17-0 and 9-3, in their best-of-three playoff series at Fallon.

FALLON, Nev. and#8211; For the first time in 23 years, the Lady Wave punched their ticket to the state softball finals.

After host Fallon dominated Truckee in a 17-0 shutout Friday, the Wave rallied in the second game on Saturday for a 9-3 win to sweep the best-of-three series in the 3A Regionals.

and#8220;This is the third time we have played them,and#8221; Fallon coach Phil Pinder said. and#8220;They made some changes offensively, and their pitching was sharper today.and#8221;

After being shell-shocked in Friday’s game, the Wolverines looked as though they would continue to struggle when Fallon scored three runs in the first inning off starting pitcher Krysta Murphy.

Cassie Bell and Kaysee Archer slapped back-to-back hits, but shortstop Jenny Rechel fouled out.

Catcher Chelsea Smitten, who knocked in six runs on Friday with an inside-the-park homer, a two-run home run to left field and a two-run double, reached base after Murphy hit her with a pitch. Murphy’s wild pitch led to the Wave’s first run, and Danielle Rothery’s ground out gave Fallon a 2-0 lead. A throwing error allowed a third run to score.

After a quiet second inning, Truckee jumped on Fallon with three runs to tie the game.

With two outs, Stacy Brenes struck out on a Jill Pinder riser, but the ball bounced off Smitten’s mitt. Her throw to first base hit Brenes in the small of the back, thus allowing Tracy Pearson to score from third.

Jessie Jensen then rode Pinder’s first pitch for a two-run double. After Coach Phil Pinder made a visit to the mound to settle down his team, Jill Pinder forced Murphy to ground out to third.

and#8220;I did OK,and#8221; Jill Pinder said of the inning. and#8220;Sometimes I get inside my head, and my pitch doesn’t move as much.and#8221;

and#8220;Truckee took advantage of it,and#8221; Coach Pinder said of the mistakes. and#8220;We helped out their cause. But we settled back in and got the runs back.and#8221;

Fallon broke the tie in the fourth inning on Kari Coverston’s bloop single to shallow center field and then exploded for four runs in the fifth inning on a pair of errors and RBIs from Smitten and Coverston.

The Wave added its final run in the sixth with two outs. Smitten reached base on an error and then swiped second. Rothery lifted a bloop single to score the Fallon catcher.

Jill Pinder allowed five hits and struck out six.

and#8220;They’re a much stronger team. I knew we had to bring our and#8216;A’ game,and#8221; said Truckee coach Geary Jones. and#8220;We made four to five major mistakes.and#8221;

Jones said Pinder was consistent and worked the outside corners well.

On the other hand, Jones praised Murphy, who pitched into the fourth inning. He said her early success in the game was control.

and#8220;She was hitting her spots,and#8221; he said.

Fallon had 12 hits against Murphy and her left-handed reliever, Breanna Weber.

Fallon dominates series opener

Lighting struck twice Friday afternoon in the Lahontan Valley.

First, Mother Nature’s thunder and lightning show lit up Fallon prior to the first softball game of the 3A Regional playoffs.

Then, Smitten’s RBIs lit up Truckee pitching as the Wave pounded two pitchers for 19 hits en route to the 17-0 win at the Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex.

and#8220;This is probably the most focused we have been,and#8221; Coach Pinder said. and#8220;Obviously, we wanted to win the first game. This comes back to the history when we played in the 4A. The kids know how important the first game is.and#8221;

Pinder said sweeping a doubleheader is tough, so winning the first game was crucial for the Wave.

and#8220;They were on a mission,and#8221; he said of his players.

Fallon hurler Jill Pinder shut the door on the visiting Wolverines, allowing one hit and striking out 10.

and#8220;My curveball was working well,and#8221; She said. and#8220;This is what I play for – to put in the time and effort to get to state.and#8221;

Smitten, the team’s only senior, set the tone early in the game and finished stronger as she batted in six runs.

After Fallon jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Smitten ripped a two-run inside-the-park homer to put the Wave on top, 3-0. She also smacked a two-run double in a seven-run second inning to give the Wave a 10-0 lead.

With one out in the second, Gabby Sharpe singled, followed by Bell’s run-producing triple. Archer then hit a soft popup that dropped for a single to score Fallon’s fifth run of the game.

Jenny Rechel continued the streak with an infield hit to set up Smitten’s double.

Cady Cordes also singled in a run, and Sharpe, batting for the second time in the inning, laced a two-run bloop single.

Pinder, who fell behind in the count to Truckee’s batters in the first inning, settled into a rhythm, retiring the side in the second and third innings.

Truckee’s Natayla Jones, though, broke up the Fallon junior’s no-hitter in the fourth inning with a solidly hit single to left field with one out. Pinder then struck out the next two batters.

The Wave added five runs in the bottom of the fourth on Smitten’s two-run homer that cleared the left-field fence. Rechel also knocked in a pair of run on a double, and Cordes had her second RBI of the game on a single.

After Pinder walked the first Truckee batter in the top of the fifth inning, she then struck out the side. The game was then called on the 10-run mercy rule.

Pinder said she felt satisfied with the one-hitter.

and#8220;My curveball and drop ball were pounded into the ground, and I just trusted my defense,and#8221; Pinder said of her first-game effort.

Truckee, meanwhile, loses only four seniors.

and#8220;We have come a long ways with these kids,and#8221; Jones said. and#8220;I am proud of them as a group.and#8221;

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