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Renegade All-Stars ousted by Sparks team

Pat McKechnie, Special to the Sun

On June 24, the Truckee 9-10-year-old Renegade All-Star team took a giant leap forward for Truckee Little League with a 18-16 win over Reno American West in the Nevada District 1 Renegade Tournament in Gardnerville.

The history of Truckee against Reno teams, or against any fair-weather team, has not been good in recent years. Truckee has had a difficult time competing against teams from warm/dry climates with its own short season. But the Truckee Renegades didn’t pay attention to history.

Reno American jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two and a half innings. But in the bottom of the third, Truckee broke out the offense to send 16 batters to the plate and score 11 runs. Reno tied up the game with five runs in the top of the fourth, but Truckee batted around again in their half of the inning, plating another six runs. Kyle Zell shut down Reno in the fifth by striking out three of four Reno batters. Truckee was also shutout in the fifth. Reno brought their bats out in the six with five hits, four of them with two outs. But Truckee ended it after catcher Zach Pearson tracked down a wild pitch to the backstop and tossed it to Zell who tagged out the stealing baserunner for the final out of the game, preserving an 18-16 victory.

Truckee’s starting pitcher Max Collinson went two innings while walking five, striking out two and dispersing four hits. Stein Retzlaff came in for an inning and two-thirds of middle relief and struck out four while giving up six walks and three hits. Zell finished the game and earned the win by striking out four, walking two and giving up six hits over two and one-third innings.

Leading Truckee’s offense was Mitch Ray, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Collinson, Retzlaff and Zakk Ray had two hits each including a double by Collinson. Zell, Graham Christian, Pearson, Mike Reynaud and Andy McKechnie had one hit each.

The Truckee Renegades took another tournament game with a win over North Valleys by the score of 15-1 in just 3 1/2 innings. The Truckee bats were connecting, but the real story was the pitching performance of Zach Pearson. Pearson pitched four innings, giving up one run, two hits and three walks while striking out seven.

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Mike Reynaud set the defensive tone on the second batter in the game with the catch of a shot to center field to record an out. Graham Christian threw out a base-stealer at second by about 10 feet from catcher. Mitch Ray made the final out on a fly to left field.

Mitch Ray and brother Zakk jump started the offense in the first when they had back-to-back triples, which they legged into home runs. In the first frame, Truckee sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs. Zakk Ray, Andy McKechnie, Max Collinson, Mitch Ray, and Pearson led the offense with two hits each. Boston Ferrerra and Mike Reynaud both had one hit.

The Truckee 9-10 Renegade All Star team continued its run through the Nevada District 1 9-10 Renegade All Star Tournament with a 20-1 win over Sparks National in a four inning “10-run rule” game. The win set up a match against also undefeated Reno National in the final game of the round-robin portion of the tournament. Truckee has also assured itself a spot in the single elimination playoff round of the tournament.

Leading 7-1 going into the top of the fourth inning, Truckee put the game away. Truckee sent 19 players to bat and ran 13 runs across the plate. Getting three hits in the game were Kyle Zell and Zach Pearson. Zakk Ray, Max Collinson, and Andy McKechnie each had two hits, while Graham Christian, Mike Reynaud, Boston Ferrerra and Stein Retzlaff each had one.

It was another dominating Truckee pitching performance with Zakk Ray on the mound. Ray went all four innings, striking out five, walking seven, while only surrendering one run on two hits.

The Truckee Renegades lost to Reno National by the score of 21-14.- Both teams were assured a spot in the playoffs and both were looking forward to Wednesday’s opening round. Truckee and Reno were both managing their pitching staffs to maximize pitcher availability in the playoffs, with most pitchers only going one inning.

Like Reno, Truckee’s pitching was by committee. The committee included Kyle Zell, Stein Retzlaff, Mike Reynaud, Max Collinson, Zach Pearson and Andy McKechnie. The Truckee staff could muster only four strikeouts while walking 16 and surrendering 13 hits.

At the plate, Truckee again brought their bats, but it was not enough. Zakk Ray was the leader with three hits; Graham Christian, Max Collinson, Mike Reynaud and Zach Pearson had two, while Boston Ferrerra had one hit and Andy McKechnie had a triple to right field.

Although the defense was less that perfect, Truckee did have their moments in the spotlight. McKechnie had a diving catch in center field. Christian made multiple plays at second. Collinson and Ray had a double play as Collinson took the hit off the bat, stepped on first, then fired to Ray at third to pick off the runner coming from second.

The 2004 9-10 Truckee Renegade All-Star Team showed many Western Nevada teams that Truckee can play baseball. Hampered by a short season due to snow melting off of the fields, the Renegades gave a terrific effort, going 3-2 in the Nevada District 1 Renegade Little League Tournament in Gardnerville, Nev.

On Wednesday, June 30, Truckee entered the playoff portion of the tournament. But the bats of the Truckee Renegades were silenced by a great pitching performance by a young hurler from Sparks Centennial and lost 10-3, ending Truckee’s run in the tournament.–

Truckee was held to one Max Collinson hit and seven walks, while striking out 13 times.–

Truckee pitching was again by committee: Andy McKechnie, Mike Reynaud, Zach Pearson, Boston Ferrerra and Collinson each saw some time on the hill.

Defensively, Truckee was solid until the sixth. In the first, Sparks scored three runs. But in the second through the fifth, Truckee retired 12 of the 14 batters that Sparks sent to the plate. The score was 4-3 entering the sixth, but that’s when Truckee’s defense came apart as Sparks scored six runs on just two hits.–

For the tournament, leading the Truckee Offense was Zakk Ray, who went 9-for-11 (.818) and walked nine times. Also contributing in a big way with at least five hits were Mitch Ray, Max Collinson, Andy McKechnie, Zach Pearson and Mike Reynaud. Graham Christian added 10 base on balls to his four hits for a .700 on base percentage. Kyle Zell also had four hits and seven walks, and Boston Ferrerra and Stein Retzlaff had three hits in the tourney.–

Truckee used a variety of pitchers, but the two who stood out were Zach Pearson and Zakk Ray, who each threw complete game victories. Also seeing time on the hill were Max Collinson, Stein Retzlaff, Kyle Zell, Andy McKechnie, Mike Reynaud and Boston Ferrerra.

Timmy Cooper, Clayton O’connell and Erik Homer played valuable roles on the team at the plate, on the base paths and in the field.

The Renegades have set a high standard for the other Truckee All-Star teams.