Truckee softball | Win streak extends to 11 games
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; After five innings of tightly contested softball, the visiting Wolverines broke open a 2-all tie with a four-run sixth and three-run seventh en route to 9-3 win against Incline on Tuesday.
Truckee went on to win both games of a nonleague doubleheader at Portola the following day, 8-4 and 11-1, to improve to 18-7-1 overall. The Wolverines, who remain 9-2 in league play, have now won 11 consecutive games dating back to a pair of losses against Whittell on April 9.
Facing Incline pitcher Anisha Wilson on Tuesday, Truckee pushed a run across in the top of the first inning to take an early lead. Incline (6-6 league, 12-9-1 overall) responded in the bottom half of the inning against Truckee freshman starter Breanna Weber, scoring a run on an RBI single from Grace Dolan.
The Wolverines struck again with a run in the third, as Cheyenne Acevedo drew a walk to lead off the inning, Natalya Jones followed with a base hit and Acevedo scored on a single by Jessie Jensen and a subsequent throwing error. But again the Highlanders had an answer just one inning later, knotting the score at 2 after Chandler McCunn reached on a walk, advanced to second and was driven in by Elise Nelson.
After a scoreless fifth, Wilson ran into trouble in the top of the sixth when Jones delivered a two-out, two-run single, and Stacy Brenes followed with an inside-the-park home run over the head of left fielder Sarah Wright, giving Truckee a 6-2 lead.
and#8220;We started off good, but the end of the game got away from us,and#8221; said Incline head coach Kelley Thompson, pointing out that all seven of Truckee’s runs in the sixth and seventh innings came with two outs.
Incline mustered one last run in the bottom of the sixth. Following two quick outs, McCunn crushed a deep line drive that sailed past Truckee left fielder Claire DePew and to fence, allowing her time to round the bases for a home run. While she trimmed the lead to 6-3, McCunn also caught a cleat on home plate and injured her ankle.
Truckee put an exclamation point on the win with a couple of run-scoring singles in the top of the seventh. Bailey LeClair started the final rally when she spanked a triple with one out. DePew was then hit by a pitch, and after a second out, Tracy Pearson laced an RBI single and Acevedo followed with a two-run base hit to extend the lead to 9-3.
and#8220;We woke up at the end there,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Geary Jones. and#8220;We started off a little funky, but we ended up hitting the ball.and#8221;
Weber held Incline to just four hits total and#8212; three days after throwing a perfect game against Sparks and#8212; while the Wolverines tagged Wilson for 14 hits.
and#8220;She’s absolutely given us a boost, and that’s why we brought her up from JV,and#8221; Jones said of Weber. and#8220;She’s one of the first kids at this school who can locate the ball. All three of our pitchers are actually throwing the ball real well right now.and#8221;
Jones led the Truckee offense with three hits, including a double and two RBI. Brenes went 2 for 4 with her home run and two RBI, Pearson was 2 for 5 with an RBI, Acevedo had a hit and two RBI, and DePew was 2 for 4. Weber, Jensen, LeClair and Krysta Murphy each had a hit.
UP NEXT: Truckee wraps up the regular season with a Mount Rose League game at South Tahoe on Friday. The Wolverines will face either the second seed from the Ruby Mountain League or the top seed from the Lahontan League in a best-of-three Northern 3A playoff series on May 13-14.