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Truckee softball: Wolverines come up short in slugfest

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Community Submitted/to swright@sierrasun.com Truckee senior Rachel Zissimos throws to first baseman Heather Fisher as Tracy Pearson looks on during the first game of the Wolverines' doubleheader at Lowry on Saturday.
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The Truckee varsity softball team dropped both ends of its doubleheader at Lowry on Friday by scores of 12-5 and 13-12. The Wolverines also lost to the Buckaroos Monday, 11-6, and are now 3-12 in Northern 3A league play.

Truckee began Game 1 Friday with five runs in the top of the first on triples by Tracy Pearson and Natalya Jones, doubles by Ashley McKechnie and Miranda Baker, and a single by Rachel Zissimos, forcing Lowry to make a pitching change with only one out in the inning. But the Buckaroos came back with four of their own in the bottom half of the frame.

It appeared as though the Wolverine offensive onslaught would continue, as they loaded the bases in the second, but Lowry’s new pitcher shut them down and would not allow another Wolverine run for the duration of the game.

The Buckaroos, though, went on to score another four in the second and cruise to the 12-5 victory.

Natalya Jones led Truckee at the plate with two hits.

Game 2 turned into a slugfest between the league foes. Down 6-2 entering the fourth, singles by Baker and Heather Fisher set the table for Pearson, who sent a two-RBI single to left to draw the Wolverines to within two.

Then, with a runner on, Amber Davy drove a two-run home run over the right-field fence to tie the game at six. Kaycie Jones put Truckee up by one after hitting a double and scoring on a Natalya Jones single.

Lowry came back with four of their own in the bottom of the fourth, as both teams continued to pound the ball and plate runs.

Down by one, 12-11, entering the last inning, Kaycie Jones wasted no time assuring Lowry would have to bat in their half of the frame, as she sent a solo home run to left field to tie up the game.

But the Buckaroos would not let up on the Wolverines, scoring the only run they needed in the seventh on two hits and an error to take the 13-12 victory.

Despite the loss, it was one of Truckee’s most potent games at the plate, as they out-hit the Buckaroos 21-17 and pounded out 30 total bases to Lowry’s 19.

Three Wolverines had four hits each, while two more players had three. Kaycie Jones led the way, going 4 for 5 with a home run and an RBI. Natalya Jones was also 4 for 5 with two RBI. Fisher had the other four-hit game. Amber Davy was 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI, while Miranda Baker went 3 for 5 with a pair of RBI.

Zissimos threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on 16 hits and a walk with one strikeout.

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.