Fallon softball sweeps Sierra schools

Fallon sophomore Maddie Keller records the putout at first base as the Lady Wave swept last week’s competition against South Tahoe and Truckee.

Fallon sophomore Maddie Keller records the putout at first base as the Lady Wave swept last week’s competition against South Tahoe and Truckee.
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The Churchill County High School softball team bounced back from its first loss of the season, outscoring a pair of Sierra schools by 36 runs.

Fallon defeated South Tahoe, 21-4, on Friday and Truckee, 19-0, on Saturday. Both games were played in Fallon due to field conditions.

Fallon hosted cross-valley rival and the defending state champion, Fernley, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lady Wave will play in the Reed tournament on Friday and Saturday at Shadow Mountain in Sparks.

Playing as visitor, Fallon scored nine runs in the first inning against the Vikings before piling on another eight in the second. Fallon ended the game with a three-run third inning.

Senior Lydia Bergman was perfect at the plate with three hits, including two doubles, and five RBIs. Sophomores Vernita Fillmore and Raygen Bartel each recorded two hits. Fillmore, who also doubled, junior Kiley Wallace and sophomores Teralynn Vershum and Dana Buckmaster each drove in two runs. Bartel also tripled.

Sophomore R Prentice took the win for Fallon. She struck out two, walked one and gave up three hits.

In the shortened win against Truckee, the highlight of the day came off the bat of Wallace, who belted a grand slam in the second inning.

Senior Darci Owens also homered, completing the inside-the-park hit in the first inning. Freshman Janessa Bettencourt threw a perfect three innings, striking out five Wolverines.


After a stingy effort to hold off Truckee, 6-1, in Sparks on Thursday, the Greenwave baseball team suffered its first loss of the season.

After leading for the first four-and-a-half innings, Fallon gave up four runs in the fifth but came back to tie the game on Friday against South Tahoe. The Vikings, though, scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to win 6-4.

Junior Brady Alves led Fallon with four hits and scored two of the team’s four runs. Senior Cooper Lee, and juniors Carter Paul and Baylor Sandberg each drove in a run. Alves and Sandberg each doubled.

Junior Bryce Adams started the game for Fallon and was dominant in four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He struck out nine in the no-decision. Sandberg took the loss.

In the win over Truckee, sophomore James Kelsey’s first-inning home run and pitching set the tone.

Kelsey pitched 5 ⅔ innings, striking out 12 against one walk and two hits. Sandberg picked up the save.

Lee led the team at the plate with a pair of hits and Sandberg’s run-scoring double in the first gave Kelsey three runs of support.


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