Truckee softball wins big in first home games
The Truckee High softball team made good on its home opener, sweeping both games of a doubleheader from Incline under sunny skies at Truckee River Regional Park on Sunday.
Behind freshman pitcher Rachel Zissimos, who threw all 12 innings of the doubleheader, the Wolverines steadily pulled away for an 11-1 win in Game 1 before cruising to a 21-1 rout in the second contest, which was called after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
Truckee is now 4-2 in Northern 3A league play.
“Our defense showed up and our offense kind of fell into place,” said Truckee head coach Mitch Brown. “I was happy with (the performance).”
While Zissimos held Highlander hitters in check from the circle, freshman catcher Chelsea Cordell provided a spark on offense, going 4-for-4 with a triple, RBI and six stolen bases in Game 1 and 3-for-5 with another triple, two RBIs and three stolen bases in Game 2.
Cordell wasn’t the only Wolverine hitter swinging a hot bat.
In the first game, Katie Reiswig went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two stolen bases and an RBI. Jenny Geresy was 3-for-4 with a triple, three stolen bases and two RBIs and Kelly Stephens was 1-for-2 with four stolen bases.
At the plate in Game 2, Ali Tucker went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run, Jordan Raber 2-for-2 with three stolen bases, Jaimee Raber 2-for-2 with two stolen bases, Cindy Brenes 3-for-4 and Stephens 2-for-4 with five stolen bases. Stephens had nine stolen bases on the day.
Brown “called off the dogs” in the first contest and began having his team run the bases station-to-station after the Wolverines scored four runs in the first inning, nine in the second and eight more in the third.
The coach credited a more disciplined approach at the plate than in previous games for his team’s offensive production.
“They had 100 percent better pitch selection,” he said, referring back to the Wolverines’ shutout losses to Lowry earlier in the week. “They were focusing a lot on pitch selection.
“I’m real happy with the team unity in these games,” he continued. “If we continue to do that, we can have a real good year.”
Truckee hosts a non-league game against Portola on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. before hosting Dayton for a league doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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