Truckee softball: Wolverines pick up first league win (w/ video)
Northern Division I-A standings
Team — League — Overall
Lowry — 12-0 — 12-2
Fernley — 10-0 — 10-4-1
Fallon — 9-1 — 9-1
South Tahoe — 7-6 — 7-6
Elko — 6-6 — 8-8
Spring Creek — 6-9 — 8-11
Sparks — 3-10 — 3-10
Truckee — 1-9 — 4-10
Dayton — 0-13 — 0-16-1
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee softball team broke into the league win column in commanding fashion Saturday, defeating visiting South Tahoe 18-8 on the front end of a doubleheader.
The Vikings controlled the rest of the league series, however, taking the other two games 16-0 and 16-1.
Playing through periods of light rain, the Wolverines jumped on the visitors early Saturday, scoring five times in the first inning, six in the second and three in the third.
The Vikings answered with a six-run second but could not keep pace with the hosts, who racked up 21 hits and benefitted from five South Tahoe errors.
“There’s always a point in the season where they (Truckee players) start coming around, because we’re always behind on dirt time. I feel like we’re starting to make the plays now and hit the ball,” said Truckee coach Chris Simpson, whose Wolverines are 1-9 in the Northern Division I-A after a tough early schedule. South Tahoe is 7-6 in league.
“A difference between a month ago and today is that we’re actually playing softball,” Simpson added. “We’re playing good ball. And that’s impressive.”
Sophomore pitcher Danielle Jackson helped her cause with a 4-for-5 performance with two triples, a double and two RBIs, while senior catcher Katie Fisher finished a home run away from the cycle and drove in a run.
Morgan Medeiros went 3-for-3 with an RBI, Anna Hudson had three hits, and Daelyn Borden, Ellie Simpson and Stephanie Randall each drove in a run on two hits. Karina Nunez and Adela Ortiz contributed a hit apiece.
In the circle, Jackson tallied five strikeouts while surrendering six hits, nine walks and four earned runs in the five-inning game, which was called on the 10-run mercy rule.
South Tahoe pitcher Kendra Conard held Truckee’s offense in check in the other two games. In 10 innings combined, the junior allowed only four hits and one unearned run, with 16 strikeouts.
“She’s one of the top pitchers in the league,” coach Simpson said of Conard, who improved to 7-1 on the season with a 1.43 ERA — with 77 strikeouts in 49 innings.
Simpson and Marisol Rocha each had a hit on Friday, and Borden and Fisher each had a hit in Saturday’s series finale. Simpson had Truckee’s one RBI.
Next up, the Wolverines are scheduled to host a three-game league series against Spring Creek this Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m., 1 p.m.).