Truckee softball: Wolverines sweep Dayton at home
The Wolverines swept the Dayton Dust Devils by twin scores of 8-7 and 8-7 in their home openers at Truckee River Regional Park on Saturday.
The wins improved Truckee’s record to 3-1 in Northern 3A legue play and 6-5 overall.
In Game 1, Dayton batted through the order and scored five runs in the third to take a 6-1 lead. The inning ultimately ended when Truckee third-baseman Stacy Brenes turned a solo double play by catching a line drive and doubling off the runner at third.
The Wolverines returned the favor with five runs of their own in the sixth, though Dayton still held a 7-6 lead. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Truckee senior Katelyn Gadsby came through in the clutch with a two-run, game-winning single to right field.
Rachel Zissimos threw six good innings for the Wolverines, but Kati Murphy picked up the win after pitching the top of the seventh, before Truckee’s comeback in the bottom half of the frame.
Murphy was helped defensively by second-baseman Natalia Jones, who also turned a double play by picking up a ground ball, tagging the runner going to second, and throwing to first.
Game 2 had the Wolverines holding the lead early, but the Dust Devils’ comeback was held one run short. While Dayton outhit Truckee 12-8, three Dayton errors led to two Wolverine runs and the difference in the ball game.
Brenes threw all seven innings for the Wolverines.
Jones had a breakout game offensively, going 3 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Gadsby added two hits.
Game 1 stats:
Pitching: Zissimos, Murphy. Zissimos: 6 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 5 SO. Murphy: 1 IP, BB, SO.
Hitting: McKechnie 1-4, S. Brenes 1-3, K. Jones 1-3, Gadsby 1-4, Baker 1-1. 2B: S. Brenes, Gadsby. RBI: S. Brenes, Davy, Zissimos, Gadsby (2), N. Jones, Baker.
Game 2 stats
Pitching: S. Brenes 7 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 5 SO
Hitting: N. Jones 3-4, S. Brenes 1-4, K. Jones 1-3, Davy 1-3, Gadsby 2-3. 2B: K. Jones. RBI: K. Jones (2), N. Jones (2), Davy (2).