Both Fallon and Oasis Academy softball teams saw mixed results last weekend with the Bighorns being the only victor. The Lady Wave had leads late in two of their three games at Fernley, only to see the Vaqueros come back and sweep the series: 8-5, 14-13 and 5-3. Oasis Academy shut down Pyramid Lake, 12-1, on Friday but lost the second game of the doubleheader, 30-7, at the East Richards field. Statistics were not available for Oasis Academy at press time. Fallon is off until April 15 when it travels to Dayton for a three-game series. Oasis Academy hosts Mineral County today at 4 p.m. In the first game of the Fernley series on Friday, Fallon jumped to a 4-0 lead after scoring a trio of runs in the opening frame. Taralynn Vershum’s two-run single brought home Vernita Fillmore and Lydia Bergman, who were both hit by pitch. Reece Hutchings walked and then scored on a passed ball to give Fallon a 3-0 lead. Bailey Stritenberger doubled in Hutchings to increase the lead to 4-0 in the third. Fernley tied the game in the fifth at four with a pair of runs after getting on the board with two in the fourth inning. Back-to-back errors in the same at-bat led to Fernley’s first run before a single scored the second run in the fifth inning. Braelyn Birkel’s two-run double to center capped off the comeback before a big, four-run sixth inning broke the tie.
Thomas Ranson / LVN Fallon’s Taralynn Vershum bats against Fernley on Friday
An error led to another run after the first two batters reached base. Sara Moffett scored on an outfielder error that led to Shayda Lofthouse replacing Fillmore in the pitching circle. An infield error on a bunt bumped Fernley’s lead to 6-4. Another infield error three batters later increased the deficit to three before a sac fly ended Fernley’s scoring. Fallon scored one in the final inning when Lofthouse’s single drove in Hutchings. A walkoff, two-run single capped off a wild game to lead off Saturday after Fallon regained the lead in the final inning despite blowing an eight-run lead. Mackenzie Depaoli, who pitched Fernley to the win on Friday, singled in two runs on an 0-2, two-out count to give the Vaqueros the series win. The Lady Wave jumped to an 11-3 lead after two innings but Fernley came back with four each in the fourth and sixth to tie the game. Bergman continued her home-run assault by blasting a three-run shot in the first inning. Lofthouse, Fillmore and Stritenberger each singled in runs in the big, six-run second inning. Ames was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Fernley tied the game when three runs scored with two outs. Depaoli singled to right field to trim the deficit to 11-9 followed by Moffett scoring an outfield error. Haeley Diehl Lea’s single on the third pitch to right field tied the game. Hutchings doubled in Stritenberger to give Fallon the lead in the seventh, and Vershum followed with a run-scoring single. The Vaqueros jumped to early lead in the finale when a run scored on an error in the first and a groundout lead to two more in the second inning to give them a 3-0 advantage. Fallon, though, tied the game in the third inning on Hutchings’ two-run single followed by Vershum’s RBI grounder to center. Depaoli outdueled Fillmore for the win.