Truckee softball | Wolverines off to 4-1-1 start |

Truckee softball | Wolverines off to 4-1-1 start

Courtesy of Mike StramTruckee middle infielder Cheyenne Acevedo makes a play as Jessie Jensen back her up during a recent game. The Wolverines are off to a 4-1-1 start to the season.

The Truckee High softball team is off to a solid start to its 2011 campaign, as it swept a doubleheader from Portola to open the season March 5 and finished 2-1-1 in the Yerington Tournament on March 11-12.

The Wolverines are 4-1-1 overall.

Against Portola in a doubleheader held at Del Monte High School, Truckee stormed out to a 15-4 win in Game 1 and nearly repeated the performance in Game 2, winning 10-4. Truckee opened the Yerington Tournament with a 16-7 win against Battle Mountain before losing to a tough Dayton squad, 12-1, the same day. The following day Truckee finished in an 8-8 tie against Pershing County and defeated Carlin, 10-7.

After looking rusty in the field at the start of the tournament, the Wolverines more than made up for it at the plate, finishing with 15 hits. Senior infielder Natalya Jones swung the hottest bat of the game, as she went 3 for 4 with a home run and six RBI. Krysta Murphy went 2-4 with a double and pair of RBI, while Stacy Brenes was 2-4 with an RBI and four runs, Cheyenne Acevedo 2-3, with an RBI, and Bailey LeClair 2-3. Jessie Jensen, Samantha Safford, Claire DePew and Katie Churchman each had a hit in the rout.

Against Dayton, starting pitcher MacKenzie Cole had a dominant outing for the Dust Devils as she held Truckee to only three hits while striking out 12. LeClair drove a deep ball to right field for a triple and stole home for the Wolverines’ only run of the game. Jensen and DePew added a single apiece for Truckee.

The next day Truckee out-hit Pershing County by twice the number, finishing with 12 hits total, but the Wolverines could not overcome the six walks and four hit batters by starting pitcher Brenes as the game ended in an 8-8 draw. DePew went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Murphy was 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Tracy Pearson and Jensen were both 2 for 4. Brenes added a double and two RBI, while LeClair and Sage Parkhurst each had a hit.

Truckee continued its hot hitting against Carlin, finishing with 10 runs on 16 hits. Seven players recorded multiple hits, as Pearson went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI, DePew was 2 for 4 with three runs, Brenes 3 for 4 with three doubles and an RBI, Murphy 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI, Jones 3 for 4 with two RBI, Savannah Graham 2 for 2 with an RBI, and Safford 2 for 2.

Murphy earned the win after replacing starting pitcher Katie Churchman in the second inning.

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The Truckee-North Tahoe doubleheaders scheduled for Saturday in Reno have been canceled due to the weather.

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