Truckee softball | Wolverines rout South Tahoe in rainy home opener
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Wolverines picked quite a day to host their first true home game of the year. With half the players on both teams bundled in jackets or hoodies to ward off the wind and rain, the Truckee softball team routed visiting South Tahoe 10-1 in a soggy home opener at Truckee River Regional Park on Wednesday.Truckee improved to 4-2 in Mount Rose League play and 10-7-1 overall with the win, while South Tahoe fell to 4-1 in league.Playing through the bouts of rain, which at one point caused a 25-minute delay, Truckee hitters caught up to hard-throwing South Tahoe ace Mel Smith by the fifth inning. With a new pitcher on the rubber and nine runs already across the plate in the inning, still with no outs, the Vikings’ coaching staff called the game after a second South Tahoe player was injured. Smith, who had moved to the outfield, slipped on the wet grass and hit her head while going after a drive off the bat of Claire DePew, who then rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Earlier in the game, South Tahoe catcher Sid Loomis was struck in the hand by a foul tip and had to leave. andamp;#8220;It was pretty miserable out there,andamp;#8221; said Truckee coach Martin Davy, referring to the rain and wind. andamp;#8220;I don’t blame them (the Vikings) for throwing in the towel.andamp;#8221;Junior pitcher Krysta Murphy continued her string of quality starts for the Wolverines, as she allowed just one run in five innings on two hits and three walks. andamp;#8220;She’s is on a pretty good tear right now,andamp;#8221; Davy said of Murphy, who also helped her cause by going 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI. Deadlocked at one run apiece entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Truckee junior infielder/pitcher Katie Churchman ignited a rally when she tripled into the gap after working the count full. Davy called it andamp;#8220;an awesome piece of hitting.andamp;#8221;The Wolverines didn’t let up from there, chasing Smith from the pitcher’s circle as they began piling on the runs. Bailey LeClair finished 2 for 3 in the game with three RBI, DePew was 1 for 2 with two RBI and Cheyenne Acevedo was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Jessie Jensen and Stacy Brenes each contributed an RBI. Davy was particularly pleased with the production from the second half of the lineup, as the sixth- through ninth-place hitters accounted for six of Truckee’s 10 RBI. The coach also was impressed by the defensive play of second baseman Natalya Jones, who recorded three assists and three putouts in the contest.The game was the first to be played on a Truckee field this season.UP NEXT: The Wolverines and Vikings are scheduled to play a league doubleheader Friday in South Lake Tahoe to wrap up their three-game season series. Game times are 2 and 4 p.m.
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