Truckee softball: Wolverines trying to tap their potential
Truckee softball coach Geary Jones recited his team’s league record and#8212; at 3-6 and#8212; then could hardly believe it himself.
and#8220;That’s just insane. We should be way better than that,and#8221; the second-year head coach said. and#8220;We got beat by two teams (Yerington and Sparks) that we should have competed better against. We’re not playing to our potential. Once we do I think we can compete, but we need to put it all together.and#8221;
So far the Wolverines have teetered between hot and cold, thumping league foes by scores of 14-1 (Sparks) and 15-8 (Dayton), while also losing to the same teams by equally lopsided margins. Truckee has gone 1-2 in each of its three-game league series, facing Yerington, Sparks and Dayton.
and#8220;They absolutely got the wind let out of their sails when they played so poorly in about four or five of those games, but if they play like they did the last game (the 15-8 win against Dayton), they can compete,and#8221; Jones said. and#8220;But they have to show up and play catch and do what they can do offensively. If they do that, I think we can beat any team in the league.and#8221;
Senior pitcher Rachel Zissimos has been one of the bright spots in the early going, said Jones, as the fourth-year varsity starter has developed into one of the top pitchers in the league. With next to zero practice time on a field because of the snow, however, Truckee’s defense has let Zissimos down on a number of occasions, Jones said.
and#8220;Rachel has been phenomenal, but we haven’t played well behind her,and#8221; said Jones, who uses sophomore Krysta Murphy as his No. 2 pitcher. and#8220;She’s been having to get six outs an inning, so we’re really working hard to straighten that out. Without Rachel we’d be struggling.and#8221;
Zissimos also is among Truckee’s big boppers in the middle of the lineup, where she bats third in front of cleanup hitter and catcher Kaycie Jones, shortstop Amber Davy, outfielder/infielder Miranda Baker and second baseman Natalya Jones. Coach Jones said a number of those players and#8212; all seniors except Natalya Jones, a junior and#8212; are and#8220;inches away from busting out offensively.and#8221;
Senior Ashley McKechnie, primarily an outfielder, and Heather Fisher, who plays first base, have both hit the ball well of late, coach Jones said, while juniors Tracy Pearson and Kelsi Decker have alternated at the leadoff spot. McKechnie, who led the Wolverines with a 5-for-7 day at the plate with four RBI in their latest doubleheader, also can hit leadoff, but coach Jones said he’s had her batting second because of her bat control and ability to move over a runner.
and#8220;It’s a good group of kids with good chemistry,and#8221; coach Jones said. and#8220;They’re getting there.and#8221;