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Wolverines take on Fernley, Manogue

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

Through the first 11 innings of play on Friday, the Wolverine varsity softball team owned the rights to the dirt on Fernley’s field.

After serving up an easy, 6-1 textbook win in game one of the double-header, the Truckee bench planned to ride the wave of victory into game two. Unfortunately for TNT and Coach Jack Howard, the Vaqueros had other plans in mind.

While Truckee junior Heather Shove remained a force on the mound throughout all 14 arduous innings, her teammates literally dropped the ball in their respective defensive roles in the last four innings of the two game face-off.

Shove, who posted 19 strikeouts and allowed only two earned runs, struggled to keep her error-ridden team together to pull out her second win of the day.

“We dominated in the first game and everything just came together. We just coasted through the second game and that is a problem,” Coach Howard observed.

The Wolverine line-up batted aggressively against Fernley’s star pitcher Thomas, who is heralded as one of the best in the league with a wicked curve ball.

Vanessa Ramirez connected for five hits for the day with a double, and teammates Jessie Turner and Julie Hill both collected four hits between the two games.

Despite the heat generated by the TTHS bats, a lack of concentration in the field allowed the Vaqueros to take the lead in the third inning of game two and despite a few rally attempts, the Wolverines were unable to regain the lead.

A two-run homer by Fernley’s Thomas propelled the Vaqueros to a 7-4 victory in the bottom of the sixth, sending the Wolverines home 1-1 for the day.

Due to the unexpected snowstorm last weekend, the Wolverines’ scheduled home game on Tuesday was moved to Manogue. With a packed bench of veterans this year and the best record in the league, the Miners wasted no time at the plate.

Bringing in three runners in both the first and second innings, the Miners buried the Wolverines under a 6-0 deficit with five innings to play.

In the bottom of the third, Truckee bats began to warm and fence swinging by Vanessa Ramirez (who was 3 for 4 at the plate with a triple) resulted in two runs for the Wolverines. Back again in the fifth, TTHS pitcher Heather Shove delivered a Babe Ruth-style three-run homer to bring her team within one run of the Miner bench.

Manogue answered back with two runs in as many innings to close out the game 8-5, bringing the Wolverines’ overall league record to 8-4.

“With such a good team, you make a mistake and they get you. We played really well and they just beat us in the end,” said Coach Jack Howard.

Truckee’s stats at the plate were impressive as Jessie Turner was 3 for 4, Julie Hill collected two hits in four appearances and Teal Cutter was also at .500 with two hits.

The ladies travel to Yerington this Saturday for a double-header at 12 p.m.


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