Varsity softball ends season on high note: Building year ends without playoff bid
The THS varsity softball team defeated North Tahoe 8-2 and 10-6 last Thursday at Regional Park.
This was only the second home game of the year for the lady Wolverines, as unpredictable spring weather landed the girls in the gym for most of the season.
“We’ve been struggling to find them a place to play,” said THS athletic director Bob Shaffer.
When asked how weather affected their season, junior Amber Harder said, “You just have to look beyond it and try to play your hardest.”
That’s just what the team did in their final games of the season against the Lakers.
The Wolverines defense strongly resembled a cheer they used to start every inning, “Three up, three down.”
In the first inning Amber Harder had a number of great plays throwing runners out at first.
On the offensive end, Truckee wasted no time putting points on the board. Harden started off the inning with a base hit. She proceeded to steal second and then third on a passed ball. After tagging up, she slide under a tag at home to make the score 1-0.
Sophomore Julie Rohrback gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead when she hit a home run over the 223-foot outfield fence.
The defense continued to execute great plays in the second.
The Lakers struggled to get runners on base, and had an even harder time advancing them. The inning ended after senior Kaila Stewart picked off a base runner trying to steal second.
Offensively the Wolverines would remain silent until the bottom of the fourth. But in the fourth they would explode, going through the entire batting order.
Junior Julie Hill scored on a bunt laid down by senior Shelly Ratto. Later in the inning, with bases loaded, Amber Harder hit a single, scoring senior Shellie Snell. Junior Ana Mincey was later credited with a RBI after scoring Ratto. Kaila Stewart would score next after tagging up on a caught fly ball. The inning would end shortly after Harder scored, stealing home. The score stood 7-0 at the end of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, the Lakers would finally make it on the board. But the Wolverine defense remained strong.
Sophomore pitcher Kaley White had a strong sixth inning. She made a number of good fielding plays through out the game. Along with her consistent pitching she provided the Lakers with a fair amount of trouble on offense.
Senior Jessie Turner finished of the Lakers in the sixth with a triple that hit the fence. She then stole home on a passed ball to make the score 8-1.
The Lakers tried to battle back in the top of the seventh. They did manage to score one run, but the defense was too much.
The second game started off a bit shakier. The Lakers capitalized on a few errors to take an early 0-2 lead.
But the Wolverines were not about to be outdone. Junior Ana Mincey started off the inning with a nice base hit. Sophomore Kaley White followed suit, advancing Mincey to second. Jessie Turner hit a big double scoring Mincey. Turner scored to tie up the game. Freshman Dani Turner was credited with the RBI.
The second inning showed strong defense from Jessie Turner and Kaley White.
In the top of the third, the Lakers would take the lead 2-3. But the Wolverines answered right back tying up the score in the bottom of the third.
The top of the fourth and fifth inning for the Lakers went three up, three down.
The Wolverines rallied in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 5-3. Julie Hill and Kaley White both racked up a RBI in the inning.
In the fifth inning Truckee would add on to their lead making the score 9-3. Kaila Stewart, Julie Hill, and Kaley White all had big RBI’s in the inning.
North Tahoe scored three runs in the top of the sixth. But Julie Rohrback added a RBI in the bottom of the sixth to go up 10-6.
Then in the top of the seventh Rohrback had three great fielding plays in a row to put away the Lakers.
Kaley White stayed strong pitching all 14 innings.
“We’re just starting to play ball,” said head coach Jack Howard. “I wish we could play every game over again. If we could, I know we’d be going to the playoffs. We’re just finally getting up to speed.”
The lady Wolverines finished off their season with an overall record of 11-14 and 4-10 in the league.
“All in all it was still a good season. We accomplished a lot of really good things together,” said senior Jessie Turner.
“We have a lot of girls coming back next year. We finished second in the state a year ago, hopefully we’ll be back in that position again,” said Howard.
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