Home sweet home
The Truckee High baseball team went 1-2 in a three-game league series hosting Spring Creek this past weekend.
The games, held at Truckee River Regional Park on Friday and Saturday, were the first home contest of the season for the Wolverines, who had been hosting in Reno.
Truckee is now 3-6 in Northern 3A league play and Spring Creek is 4-2. The Wolverines have nine league games left on the schedule before playoffs, with four of those at home.
Spring Creek won the first game by a score of 19-10 on Friday.
Junior Justin Vosburgh started on the mound for Truckee, throwing four and two-thirds innings before Scott Mathot came in to finish. Vosburgh allowed 10 earned runs and Mathot six as Truckee committed five errors behind the two pitchers.
Offensively, Vosburgh went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and three stolen bases. Pablo Esquivel was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases, Keven Sahlberg was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, John DePew 2 for 4, Brady Maclane 2 for 3 with a double, Kevin Decker 1 for 1 with a triple and Michael Taylor 1 for 4.
Truckee won Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader 6-3 behind a strong pitching performance from Sahlberg. The senior threw a complete game, striking out eight while walking four and allowing six hits and only one earned run.
On the season, Sahlberg has 32 strikeouts in 21 innings and an ERA below 2.0.
Although the Wolverines scored six runs, they had only three hits the entire game. Head coach Mike Ellis explained that they manufactured the runs by way of small ball ” a bunt here, stolen base there, double steal there, etc.
Esquivel and Decker went 1 for 3 and Trevor Allen was 1 for 2. Decker crushed a two-run home run, and Clayton McDonnell picked up an RBI. In the stolen base department, Sahlberg was 2 for 2, while DePew, Brady, Mathot and Esquivel each had one.
Truckee lost the second game on Saturday 22-12.
The Wolverines held a 9-3 lead entering the third inning, when Spring Creek scored seven runs to take the lead. Ellis was not pleased that his team committed eight errors and allowed 15 walks between three pitchers ” Brady, Taylor and McDonnell.
Offensively, Esquivel went 4 for 5 with a home run, double and three RBIs ” a fine game on what happened to be his birthday. Sahlberg was 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, Travis Dwyer was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Vosburgh 1 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, Decker 1 for 5 with a double and Allen 1 for 3. DePew also had an RBI. Esquivel, Decker and Vosburgh each had two stolen bases and Allen had one.
The Wolverines are off the rest of the week. They host Loyalton on Wednesday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m.