Truckee baseball: Offensive firepower leads in 10-run victory
April 17, 2009
TRUCKEE ” Truckee High School’s baseball team overcame eight errors with a 21-run salute Friday night in a 10-run, mercy-rule bashing of Lowry High School.
The Wolverines’ 21-11 victory improved them to 11-9 overall, 8-2 in league play, and led to some big days in the box score.
“We did put some runs up, but we gave up way too many errors,” coach Mike Ellis said. “Our pitchers threw well enough tonight to give up maybe two or three runs, but we’ve got to tighten up defensively.”
Truckee was led by seniors Mike Fagan (4-for-4) and Justin Vosburgh (2-3, four RBI, including a three-run home run) and junior Jordan Deiro (2-3, four RBI, all coming on a fourth-inning grand slam) were the biggest bats of the day. In total, Truckee amassed 16 hits.
Fagan accounted for a quarter of that production, and he said he could feel a strong performance was coming.
“I had a good BP (batting practice) earlier, and I was seeing the ball well today,” Fagan said.
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It was obvious Truckee was having success at the plate just by looking at the frequent activity in the Lowry bullpen. By the fourth inning, the Buckaroos were already on their fourth pitcher, though each fresh arm had no better luck than the last one.
Fagan, asked if the constant pitching changes make it hard on a hitter, shrugged it off.
“If you pay attention to the guy warming up in the bullpen, you can adjust pretty quickly,” Fagan said.
Senior Scott Mathot (2-0) picked up the pitching win for Truckee, giving up five runs in three and 2/3 innings. Junior Ryan Zusy relieved Mathot until the sixth, when junior Matt Theis was called in to finish the game.
Despite the 10-run victory called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to the mercy rule, Ellis had an extended post-game talk with his team about finishing games. If his squad puts together all phases of the game ” pitching, defense and hitting ” he’s not sure anyone can slow them down.
“It’s not how you start but how you finish,” Ellis said. “If we tighten up our defense ” we put a lot of balls in play, and guys just aren’t focusing on fielding them ” I don’t think anyone will touch us through the state tournament.”
Ellis and the Wolverines will attempt to sweep the Lowry series tomorrow, when the teams play a doubleheader to round out their three-game league series.