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Truckee softball | Wolverines show potential after slow start

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Courtesy of Mike StramTruckee softball players perform a spirited team rally between innings against Fallon earlier this month. The Wolverines are off to a 6-7-1 start overall, with most of their league schedule remaining.
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When throwing strikes, the Truckee softball team is tough to beat.

Problem is, the strike zone has proved elusive at times in 2011, said Truckee coach Martin Davy, using the Wolverines’ recent league losses to Whittell to illustrate his point.

Truckee pitchers allowed 23 walks during that Mount Rose League doubleheader, Davy said. Whittell scored 15 runs on just two hits as it swept the series, 6-2 and 9-1.

and#8220;Anybody can beat us that way,and#8221; Davy said, adding that the Wolverines are averaging 10.5 walks per game. and#8220;That’s our biggest problem.and#8221;

When Truckee pitchers are on their game, however, runs aren’t easy to come by for opposing offenses. The last game was a good example. In a nonleague contest against Quincy on Wednesday, Truckee pitchers Krysta Murphy, Stacy Brenes and freshman JV call-up Breanna Weber combined to allow only two runs on two walks in an 8-2 win.

And that’s not the only example. Facing Dayton ace MacKenzie Cole the previous week, one of the top pitching prospects in the state, Murphy walked only two batters while throwing a complete game in a tight 2-0 loss.

and#8220;If our pitching can show up like it has in those two games, we should do pretty well,and#8221; said Davy, who shares the head coaching position with Geary Jones.

In fact, in Davy’s opinion, the Wolverines, along with South Tahoe, should be the team to beat in the first-year Mount Rose League. But they’ll need consistency from the pitching staff to prove it, the coach said.

and#8220;If we can get that under control, our walks, we’re going to be tough,and#8221; said Davy. and#8220;Those losses to Whittell killed us. The Quincy team we played (Wednesday) is a better team.and#8221;

Along with Brenes and Murphy, left-hander Katie Churchman and Weber also pitch, while Claire DePew and Bailey LeClair are the primary catchers, Davy said. Murphy and Churchman trade off at first base, senior team captain and fourth-year varsity player Natalya Jones holds down second base along with Jessie Jensen, Brenes and Cheyenne Acevedo are at shortstop, and Murphy and Jensen also share time at third.

Tracy Pearson anchors the outfield in center, while Samantha Safford, Sage Parkhurst, Savannah Graham and Jordan Salas also roam the outfield, along with DePew sometimes, Davy said.

After a snowy start to the season that caused a number of postponed or canceled games, the Wolverines are 6-7-1 overall and 0-2 in Mount Rose League play. They’re scheduled to play North Tahoe in a league doubleheader on Saturday at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Truckee defeated Quincy 8-2 in a nonleague game Wednesday on the road.

The Wolverines took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning and added another run in the second and three more in the fifth for a 6-0 advantage. Quincy managed two runs in the bottom of the fifth before Truckee answered with a two-spot in the sixth to push the score to 8-2.

Murphy started and did not allow a run in three innings. Brenes threw two innings, giving up the two runs in the fifth, and Weber came in and shut the door with a scoreless sixth and seventh.

and#8220;All three of them pitched really solid,and#8221; Davy said, adding that Weber looked sharp in her first varsity appearance.

Offensively, Pearson went 3 for 3 in the game, DePew was 3 for 4 with a double and RBI, LeClair was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Jones had a hit and three RBI, and Graham had a double and two RBI. Jensen, Brenes and Murphy each had a hit, and Weber contributed an RBI.


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