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Wolverine Ladies within inches of state title

Manogue was the one team that Truckee couldn’t master this season, as the Lady Miners took three of the four games the teams played this year.

The Lady Wolverines made their way into the championship game via the losers’ bracket after dropping their first game of the tournament to Fernley on May 16. Truckee rebounded in the elimination game later that day to defeat Pahrump Valley, then avenged their first-round loss to Fernley by beating the Lady Vaqueros on Friday.

Saturday’s loss meant Truckee’s senior pitcher Heather Shove wouldn’t finish a stellar, three-sport varsity career in storybook fashion. Shove, the only senior on the Wolverines’ softball team, is headed to Jackson State University in Mississippi to play softball.

For Head Coach Jack Howard, who said at the beginning of the season this team had a great chance to bring Truckee its first state title in softball, the Lady Miners’ four runs in the first two innings spoiled what would have been a grand prediction.

Manogue scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings before the Lady Wolverines halved their lead in the top of the third.

Shove and Jesse Turner made their only hits of the game count, as each was good for an RBI. Shove’s hit was a double.

Shelly Snell had the Wolverines’ other two hits, going 2-for-3 in the game.

In the final game of her career, Shove struck out one and walked one. She scattered eight hits, but coupled with two Wolverine errors, allowed five runs to cross the plate.

Meanwhile, the Lady Miners’ Jen Hylin was able to contain, if not shut down, the Wolverines’ bats. Hylin allowed four hits, all singles, minus Shove’s two-bagger.

“We hit the ball, but it was right at people,” Howard said afterward.

But just getting to the championship game says much about the will and skill of the Lady Wolverines.

After dropping a 2-1 game to Fernley in the first round on Thursday, Truckee, despite the near 100-degree weather, regrouped enough to defeat a tough Pahrump Valley team later in the afternoon.

And after Manogue beat the Lady Vaqueros in the first game on Friday, the Lady Wolverines’ rematch with Fernley was set.

Truckee won that game 5-1 to move into the championship, while Fernley was eliminated.

In the first inning, Julie Rohrback doubled and Shove hit a home run against a strong wind to make it 2-0.

“They never looked back from there,” Howard said.

But since the tournament was double elimination, they would have had to defeat the Lady Miners twice on Saturday in order to lay claim to the title.

Manogue didn’t lose in state tournament play en route to their second consecutive state championship. The title came just a week after the Lady Miners had to beat Lowry in the third-place game at the NIAA 3A Northern Zone Tournament just to qualify for state.

The Miners’ baseball team also went undefeated in state tournament play, winning its third championship in four years and avenging last year’s loss to Fernley in the championship.

NIAA/US Bank 3A State Softball Championships

At Mesquite City Park and Virgin Valley High

(Double Elimination)

Thursday, May 16

Manogue 5, Pahrump Valley 3

Fernley 2, Truckee 1

Truckee 4, Pahrump Valley 3 (Pahrump Valley eliminated)

Friday, May 17

Manogue 4, Fernley 1 (Winner’s bracket)

Truckee 5, Fernley 1 (Loser’s bracket-Fernley eliminated)

Saturday, May 18

Manogue 5, Truckee 2 (Manogue wins championship)

NIAA 3A Baseball State Championships

Thursday, May 16

Fernley 5, Boulder City 2

Manogue 8, Lowry 6

Boulder City 15, Lowry 4 (Lowry eliminated)

Friday, May 17

Manogue 7, Fernley 2

Fernley 2, Boulder City 1 (Boulder City eliminated)

Saturday, May 18

Manogue 13, Fernley 3 (Manogue wins championship)