Truckee softball | Wolverines sweep past Railroaders
The visiting Truckee softball team defeated Sparks 6-0 and 25-11 in a Mount Rose League doubleheader Tuesday to wrap up the series sweep.The Wolverines, who secured the top 3A playoff seed from the MRL with a 15-5 win against Sparks last week, improved to 11-1 in league and 14-10 overall. They will host second-seeded Fernley of the Lahontan League in a best-of-three regional playoff series on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12. The winner advances to the state tournament.Sparks, meanwhile, fell to 3-9 in Mount Rose League play and 4-19 overall and is the odd team out from the MRL (South Tahoe earned the second seed).On Tuesday, Truckee sophomore left-hander Breanna Weber threw a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts against the Railroaders. She allowed only one walk in seven innings, while firing 74 strikes out of her 101 pitches total.The Wolverines managed 11 hits off of Sparks starter Jocelyn Vasquez, but they didn’t get on the scoreboard until rallying for five runs in the fourth. Truckee added a run in the fifth to round out the scoring. Jessie Jensen drove in two runs on one hit, while Claire DePew, Jackie Bolton and Weber contributed two hits apiece, with Weber knocking in a run. Cheyenne Acevedo, Katie Murphy and Kaite Churchman each had one hit, and Jordan Salas had a hit and RBI.Riely Regas, Katelynn Vandever and Marisamarie Brogdon had the Railroaders’ only hits. In Game 2, Truckee jumped out to what seemed like a comfortable 8-2 lead with a six-run first and two-run second behind starting pitcher Krysta Murphy. But Sparks battled back with an eight-run bottom of the second, aided by a home run off the bat of Lucia Lopez, to take a 10-8 lead.Weber relieved Murphy with one out in the second and held the Railroaders in check the remainder of the game as Truckee’s offense went to work. The Wolverines regained the lead with four runs in the fourth. They added four more in the fifth before scoring nine in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.Murphy crushed a home run to deep left field and hit a double as part of a 4-for-4 performance with four RBIs. Acevedo went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, Bolton was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, and Jensen was 2-for-6 with three RBIs. Sage Parkhurst and Tori Simpson each had two RBIs. Stephanie Miller led Sparks with two hits and two RBIs. Truckee committed eight errors in the game and Sparks had six. The Wolverines failed to defeat Fernley during the regular season. The teams played to a 6-6 tie in March, while the Vaqueros won the next two meetings 4-0 and 10-0. andamp;#8220;We’re confident that we can show up and move on to the state finals the following weekend,andamp;#8221; said Truckee coach Bret Churchman. In other regional series, top-seeded Fallon will look to defend its state championship against second-seeded Elko of the Ruby Mountain League, while top-seeded Lowry of the Ruby Mountain League will face second-seeded South Tahoe of the Mount Rose League. The higher seed hosts.
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