Truckee softball | Wolverines secure league title with rout
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee softball team clinched the Mount Rose League title with a 15-5 rout against visiting Sparks on Wednesday.
The game was wet and sloppy from the start, as the Wolverines gave up two runs in the top of the first after committing a couple of errors, and then bounced back with a six-run bottom of the first as the Railroaders struggled in the field. Truckee finished with five errors to the Railroaders’ six.
and#8220;The team is nursing a lot of injuries, and we’ve got regular starters playing different positions while we try to heal up and get ready for the playoffs,and#8221; said Truckee coach Bret Churchman.
Truckee senior Krysta Murphy started in the pitcher’s circle and threw a complete six-inning game, as the Wolverines rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to end it on the 10-run mercy rule.
Murphy scattered six hits and six walks and had eight strikeouts, while she pitched out of trouble on a couple of occasions. In all, she left 11 runners stranded on base, escaping two bases-loaded jams.
Sparks pulled to within two runs, at 7-5, with a two-run third, but Truckee answered with a four-run bottom half of the inning to push the lead back to six, 11-5. The Wolverines added a run in the fifth before ending the game with the three-run sixth.
The Wolverines managed eight hits off of two different Sparks pitchers, with Jessie Jensen leading the way with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs. Breanna Weber had a hit and two RBIs, while Claire DePew had two hits and an RBI, Murphy had a hit and RBI, Sage Parkhurst had a hit and RBI, and Sassy Graham had a hit.
Truckee improved to 9-1 in league play and 12-10-1 overall as Sparks dropped to 3-7 in league and 4-14 overall. With the top 3A seed from the Mount Rose League secured, the Wolverines will now have to wait to find out who they play in the first round of the regional postseason, which is scheduled for May 10-12.