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Whittell drops two against Truckee

Sylas Wright

TRUCKEE, Nev. – Nearly a month into the season, the Truckee and Whittell softball teams finally found themselves playing at lake-level, facing off at Truckee River Regional Park on Saturday.

“It was real exciting,” said Truckee head coach Jeremy Weber, whose team had previously been confined to the gym for practice while hosting games in Reno. “Friday was our first practice on our field, and then we actually got to play on it (Saturday), so that was really exciting for the kids.”

Whittell plays its home games at Lampe Park in Gardnerville and have been the host for several games, but this was their first time playing a game at Lake Tahoe.

The result of the Mount Rose League doubleheader was in favor of the Wolverines, who improved to 6-0 in league (7-5-1 overall) with a pair of routs, 7-0 and 11-1, against Whittell (2-2 league, 9-3 overall).

Truckee’s pitching duo of Breanna Weber and Krysta Murphy was on its game, as Weber allowed only four hits while striking out six in an 86-pitch outing, and Murphy gave up just one hit and one run en route to the 10-run win in Game 2.

“Both pitchers did a phenomenal job. Both of them got out there and pretty much controlled the tempo of the game,” coach Weber said.

After a slower offensive start than Weber would have preferred this season, the Wolverines looked sharp at the plate against Whittell starter Amanda Harris. The junior right-hander was accurate and Truckee hitters took advantage with 12 hits in the first game and 14 in the second.

“That’s what we’ve been waiting on, for them to let their hands go and use that bat,” Weber said. “And they definitely did that, both games.”

In Game 1, both Weber and Harris pitched scoreless first and second innings before the Wolverines pushed the first run across in the bottom of the third. Weber pitched out of trouble in the fourth, stranding Whittell runners at second and third with a strikeout, before Truckee added some insurance in the bottom half of the inning with a five-run rally.

Acevedo rounded out the scoring in the sixth inning when she stroked a deep fly ball over the head of right fielder Gianna Miller. As the ball skipped to the fence, Acevedo was already hustling around first on her way to an inside-the-park homer.

Whittell managed four hits off of Weber, one apiece by Brianna Brewer, Nina Jimenez, Jessie Sayre and Miller.

Truckee wasted little time building a safe lead in the second game. The Wolverines scored four runs in the first and one more in the second for a quick 5-0 lead. They added six more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

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