Truckee softball | Wolverines sweep first home doubleheader vs. Whittell
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Home sweet home.
Nearly a month into the season, the Truckee softball team finally hosted its first home games at Truckee River Regional Park on Saturday.
and#8220;It was real exciting,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Jeremy Weber, whose team had previously been confined to the gym for practice while hosting games in Reno. and#8220;Friday was our first practice on our field, and then we actually got to play on it (Saturday), so that was really exciting for the kids.and#8221;
The result of the Mount Rose League doubleheader was even more encouraging for the Wolverines, who improved to 6-0 in league (7-5-1 overall) with a pair of routs, 7-0 and 11-1, against Whittell (2-2 league, 9-3 overall).
Truckee’s pitching duo of Breanna Weber and Krysta Murphy was on its game, as Weber breezed through the first game, allowing only four hits while striking out six in an 86-pitch outing, and Murphy gave up just one hit and one run en route to the 10-run win in Game 2.
and#8220;Both pitchers did a phenomenal job. Both of them got out there and pretty much controlled the tempo of the game,and#8221; coach Weber said.
After a slower offensive start than Weber would have preferred this season, the Wolverines looked sharp at the plate against Whittell starter Amanda Harris. The junior right-hander was accurate, and Truckee hitters took advantage with 12 hits in the first game and 14 in the second.
and#8220;That’s what we’ve been waiting on, for them to let their hands go and use that bat,and#8221; Weber said. and#8220;And they definitely did that, both games.and#8221;
Junior center fielder Jackie Bolton led the offensive charge, finishing 5-for-6 with a double and an RBI, while Cheyenne Acevedo was 4-for-8 with a triple, home run and three RBIs, Sage Parkhurst was 3-for-6 with a triple and five RBIs, and Katie Churchman was 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
In Game 1, both Weber and Harris pitched scoreless first and second innings before the Wolverines pushed the first run across in the bottom of the third. Weber pitched out of trouble in the fourth, stranding runners at second and third with a strikeout, before Truckee added some insurance in the bottom half of the inning with a five-run rally.
Acevedo rounded out the scoring in the sixth inning when she stroked a deep fly ball over the head of right fielder Gianna Miller. As the ball skipped to the fence, Acevedo was already hustling around first on her way to an inside-the-park homer.
Truckee wasted little time building a safe lead in the second game. The Wolverines scored four runs in the first and one more in the second for a quick 5-0 lead. They added six more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
DePew followed Acevedo’s lead in providing the offensive highlight, as the speedy second baseman and catcher poked the ball to the fence and raced around the bases for the Wolverines’ second inside-the-park home run of the day.
and#8220;With her phenomenal speed, if she gets it deep into the outfield there’s a good chance she’ll make all the way to home,and#8221; Weber said. and#8220;She’s our speed demon out there.and#8221;
Murphy helped her cause by smashing a double off the top of the fence, while Acevedo hit a triple, Jessie Jensen had a double, and Parkhurst had a triple and three RBIs. Weber also complimented the offensive play of Jordan Salas, who dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt down the first baseline when called upon, advancing two runners and while also reaching base herself.
The Wolverines committed three errors on the day.
and#8220;We had a couple little mistakes that really are attributed to a lack of field time, but they did very well. We had solid defense from our infielders and outfielders,and#8221; said Weber, pointing to a cannon throw by Bolton in the first game that nailed a runner at third. DePew and Jensen also played solid games behind the plate, the coach said, both picking off a runner at first base.
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