Truckee softball splits with Sparks
Truckee High softball coach Mitch Brown wonders how his team could perform to such opposite extremes the same day against the same team.
“I’d love to have an explanation,” the coach said after a 13-5 Game 1 win and an 11-4 Game 2 loss to visiting Sparks on Saturday. “It’s like there’s a light switch and these girls turn it on and off.”
The Wolverines are now 6-4 in Northern 3A league play and 8-5 overall. Sparks is 6-4 in league.
In the first contest freshman pitcher Rachel Zissimos threw a complete game, striking out five and walking seven, to get the win.
Senior Jordan Raber led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs on two triples and a home run. Senior Jenny Geresy also was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two triples, Chelsea Cordell was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Katie Reiswig 2-for-3 with an RBI and Annie Duner 2-for-3.
Truckee scored one run in the first inning before adding six in the fourth, two in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
“Our bats were alive in Game 1,” Brown said. “In Game 2 we completely shut it off.”
The Wolverines also struggled defensively in the second game, committing 14 errors, starting with three in the first inning that led to two Sparks runs.
“Then it just went from bad to worse,” Brown said, adding that he was also disappointed with mental mistakes on defense and poor pitch selection at the plate. “I didn’t even recognize the team.”
Junior Morgan Womack started the game and pitched the first five innings, allowing nine runs on four walks and three strikeouts, before Zissimos took over to start the sixth. Zissimos allowed two runs while walking one and striking out one.
At the plate, Reiswig went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Katie Zusy 2-for-3 and Kelly Stephens 2-for-4 with an RBI.
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The two-time defending state champion Truckee baseball team opened league play in style this weekend, taking a three-game sweep of Sparks.