Truckee softball: Wolverines cap season with three consecutive wins
TRUCKEE — Call it a win streak.
The Truckee softball team powered out of the regular season with a pair of victories against visiting Dayton, 13-5 and 9-5, on senior farewell Monday.
Combined with their win against Sparks last week, the Wolverines ended their 2016 campaign with three consecutive victories.
“Everything came together,” said Truckee coach Chris Simpson, whose squad posted a final record of 4-19 in the Northern Division I-A. “I’m very proud of the girls and thankful to the coaches, parents, family and friends.”
Truckee’s offense was impressive during the streak. The Wolverines scored at least nine runs in each of their final three games — and on Monday scored 22 runs on 27 hits.
The hosts jumped on the Dust Devils (2-22 league) early in the opening game, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first.
Dayton also got off to a hot start, scoring all five of its runs in the first two innings. But Truckee responded with a run in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to pull away.
Junior pitcher Cheyenne Brown relieved Ellie Simpson with one out in the second and dominated the Dust Devils the rest of the way. Brown held the visitors scoreless over the final 5 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out 11.
Brown and Adela Ortiz both drove in two runs on one hit, Katie Fisher was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, Stephanie Randall was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Danielle Jackson and Evelyn Pena both had two hits and an RBI. Anna Hudson and Daelyn Borden each contributed one hit.
Truckee also took an early lead in the nightcap with a three-run first inning.
After Dayton narrowed the score to 3-2 in the second, the Wolverines extended their lead with two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Dust Devils scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth but could not match Truckee on the scoreboard.
Fisher earned the win in five innings of work. The senior team MVP finished with seven strikeouts and allowed three runs. Simpson and Brown pitched one inning apiece, with each holding Dayton to one hit.
Truckee scored all nine runs off of Dayton starter Caleigh Onstott.
Marisol Rocha led the charge with a 3-for-3 performance with two RBIs. Fisher and Jackson both had two hits and an RBI — with Fisher blasting a home run — Hudson had two hits, and Borden and Simpson each had a hit and an RBI. Ortiz and Pena also had a hit apiece.
The Northern Division I-A regional tournament will feature six teams, with Fallon (22-2) earning the top seed, followed by Fernley (22-2), Lowry (17-7), South Tahoe (13-11), Elko (12-12) and Spring Creek (10-14).
Aside from Fisher’s team MVP, the Wolverines awarded Randall and Borden as their Most Improved Players, Jackson as the Offensive MVP, Simpson with the Truckee Grit/Coaches’ Award, and Morgan “Mo” Mederios with the Best Hustle Award.