Fallon softball sweeeps Galena
Nevada Appeal News Service
FALLON – The Lady Wave softball team showed determination to win its first High Desert League doubleheader of the season on Saturday by holding on to a one-run win in the first game, and then exploding for a 16-run, 14-hit performance in the second.
Casey Pomeroy earned a save in the first game to preserve a 4-3 Fallon win at the Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex, and then the junior hurler came in the second game and shut the door on the visiting Grizzlies in a 16-1 victory.
“It’s nice,” Pomeroy said with a broad smile after the doubleheader. “It’s a nice, warm fuzzy feeling.”
Fallon hurler Chelli Lewis struggled in the first game, allowing Galena (4-8 HDL) a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Kristin Matteoni’s home run.
The Wave (2-7 HDL) came back to tie the game with two runs in the third inning on a wild pitch and Alyssa Meihack’s RBI single.
Fallon grabbed a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning off losing Galena pitcher Megan Fincher. Sam Ward led off with a walk, and two batters later, Amanda Tye ripped a triple to right field. Kortney Smith followed with an RBI single.
Galena scored its final run on Erica Taylor’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Pomeroy struck out the side in the seventh inning to give Fallon its first HDL win of the season.
“This was a full-team effort,” said assistant coach Bill Archer. “We had a rough start, but we bounced back.”
Archer said Pomeroy showed some grit by coming in to stop Galena in the first game and later in the second game.
Fincher began the second game, but she encountered a nightmare in the first inning.
The Wave scored 10 runs on eight hits as 14 batters went to the plate.
“Galena ran out of gas with Fincher,” Archer said. “The girls really pounded her.”
Archer said everyone saw action against Galena in the doubleheader.
Sara Parsons scored the first run on a wild pitch, and Tye drove in a pair of runs with a single. Natasha Shebloski had an RBI, and Sarah Moore and Meihack each drove in two runs. Ward also had an RBI.
Meihack helped her own cause with a two-run homer over the right-field fence in the third inning.
Ward and Lewis also drove in two runs in a four-run fourth inning.
Meihack said the team played well behind her.
“The defense was awesome,” she said.
The Fallon freshman said the offense finally swung the bats and hit well in both games. She said this was the first game in several weeks that Fallon’s offense and defense clicked at the same time.