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Truckee softball | Visiting Vaqueros sweep past Wolverines in playoff series

Submitted photoKaite Churchman throws to Jessie Jensen at first after a Fernley bunt during a best-of-three playoff series this past weekend. Fernley won two straight to win the series.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee softball team dropped consecutive games, 6-1 and 16-0, against visiting Fernley in a best-of-three regional playoff series Friday and Saturday.

The Wolverines struggled offensively and defensively in both contests, and the Vaqueros took full advantage.

and#8220;This is the first time that Truckee was able to host the regionals, and it was a great accomplishment for our girls,and#8221; said Truckee coach Bret Churchman. and#8220;Fernley is a very well-coached team, and they did all the little things right. We opened a few doors for them with mistakes, and they marched right through.and#8221;

In the opening game Friday, Fernley starter Jordan King held Truckee to just two hits in six innings, striking out nine, before the Wolverines scored their only run off of Kailey Daggit in the seventh.

Truckee committed four errors in the top of the first inning to help Fernley jump out to a quick 4-0 lead. The Vaqueros scored another run in the second inning and one more in the seventh, while Truckee broke through with a run off of Daggit in the seventh.

Truckee sophomore starter Breanna Weber pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits, two walks and two earned runs while striking out four.

and#8220;We just never got on track offensively,and#8221; Churchman said. and#8220;They came out playing small ball in the first. They’re a really talented team. We never felt like we were out of it. Bre Weber threw great, and if we could have minimized our mistakes, it’s 2-1 in the sixth, and we would have been right in it.and#8221;

The Wolverines managed to rally in the bottom of the seventh off of Daggit. Jordan Salas led off the inning with a walk before Claire DePew reached on an error. Weber then drew another walk and Cheyenne Acevedo hit in to a fielder’s choice to score Salas.

Despite the final score in Saturday’s second game, the Wolverines were in it until the fifth inning.

Truckee spotted Fernley an unearned run in the first and another run in the second following a triple by Brooke Mattice. But that’s all the Vaqueros could muster off of Weber through four innings.

In the fifth, however, Fernley rallied for five runs on five hits, two walks and two errors to take a 7-0 lead. The visitors then scored nine runs in the sixth to put the game away.

Truckee mustered only one hit off of Fernley starter Hayley Mull. It wasn’t a cheap hit, as Jackie Bolton ripped a triple into the left-center gap to lead off the fifth. But the Wolverines could not score the run as Mull controlled the game with pinpoint control while her Vaqueros played flawless defense behind her.

and#8220;Our girls were putting the ball in play, but we were just hitting it right at them,and#8221; Churchman said. and#8220;She (Mull) kept us off balance with a nasty changeup that she could get across at will. It was certainly untimely for our bats to go flat.and#8221;

Nevertheless, Churchman said, and#8220;We’re very proud of these kids.and#8221;

Truckee, which entered as the top seed from the Mount Rose League, finished the season with a final record of 14-12-1. Fernley, the No. 2 seed out of the Lahontan League, improved to 21-11-2 while advancing to the state championship tournament.


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