Wolverine Softball team sweeps Dayton, wins Easter tourney
The Lady Wolverines fell just short of beating the league’s best last week, only to bounce back less than 48 hours later to sweep a Saturday doubleheader from Dayton.
The Lady Wolverines took the frustration from a 10-8 loss to first-place Bishop Manogue last Thursday into Dayton and pounded the Lady Dust Devils 11-0 and 13-1 over the weekend.
Truckee improved their league record to 3-2, while Dayton fell to 2-4, with their only two wins coming against a young and struggling North Tahoe team.
Heather Shove was dominant in both of Saturday’s games, first from the mound then from the plate.
Shove held the Dust Devils to just one hit in a shutout performance in game one.
And thanks to the Lady Wolverines’ lively bats and five Dayton errors, she had an 8-0 lead to work with after the second inning.
Shove struck out seven, while Vanessa Ramirez led Truckee in the first game by going 2 for 4.
In the nightcap, Ramirez went 2 for 5, Shove 3 for 5. And once again, the Lady Wolverines were helped along by sloppy play by Dayton, who committed nine errors in the nightcap.
The Lady Wolverines followed a three-run fourth with a five-run fifth to break things open.
Pounding the Dust Devils proved to be therapeutic the Lady Wolverines, who were looking to forget their late inning collapse against first-place Manogue just two days prior.
Going into the sixth inning, Truckee had never trailed.
They led 7-2 after a four-run rally in the third, and were clinging to a 7-5 led in the fifth.
But the defending state champs refused to go quietly, scoring two in the bottom of the inning and three more in the sixth thanks to Wolverine errors.
“It was terrible. We had them the whole game, but we let them back in the game,” said Head Coach Jack Howard said. “But the good part is that Manogue knows they were beaten, and my girls know they can play with Manogue.”
On Tuesday, the Lady Wolverines beat Sparks 4-2 in the championship game of the Dayton Easter Tournament.
Shove gave up five hits, but the Railroaders only managed single runs in the first and third innings.
The Wolverines scored twice in the second and twice in the fourth.
Julie Hill, Julie Roharback, Shelly Snell and Shove all had two hits apiece.