Truckee baseball comes from behind to beat Fernley
April 18, 2008
The Truckee High baseball team combined “textbook small ball” and clutch hitting with a stellar pitching performance from junior Justin Vosburgh to pull out a 2-1 win over host Fernley on Wednesday.
The Wolverines improved to 7-6 in the Northern 3A after four consecutive league wins, while the Vaqueros fell to 2-8 in league. Truckee has five league games remaining on its schedule ” two more against Fernley and three against Yerington.
Vosburgh ” who has allowed just one run in his past 11 innings of work ” held the Vaqueros to five hits and one earned run, which came on a solo home run in the sixth inning. Senior Keven Sahlberg relieved Vosburgh in the seventh to earn the save.
“Vosburgh threw great,” said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. “He had the curve working, and he kept the ball down and moved it in and out. I’ve been waiting all year for it to happen.”
While the two Truckee pitchers held the Vaqueros in check, Fernley starter Josh Cutts, a left-handed sophomore, effectively shut down the Wolverine offense as well. He struck out 10 hitters and carried a one-hitter into the seventh ” a leadoff double by senior Pablo Esquivel.
That’s when Truckee made its move.
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Trailing 1-0 entering the final half inning, Sahlberg smacked a one-out base hit, then scampered all the way to third on a botched pickoff attempt. Sophomore Maclane Brady followed by putting the ball in play in the infield, and Sahlberg beat the throw home to tie the score at 1.
Then came the small ball, Ellis said, as senior Trevor Allen laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Brady over to second, and junior Michael Taylor connected for a base hit to left field to score the go-ahead run.
Fernley threatened in the bottom half of the seventh, picking up a single and a walk to start the inning. Sahlberg came in and, with no outs and the bases loaded, recorded a strikeout, then caught a line drive and doubled off the runner at third to end the game.
“We broke their hearts,” Ellis said, adding that the Wolverines would not have pulled off the comeback win had it not been for a solid game defensively.
Although he is unsure of the league standings, Ellis said Truckee has already secured a playoff berth. He hopes to win out, which would put Truckee at 12-6 entering playoffs.
This weekend’s first-game matchup against Fernley will feature each team’s No. 1 starter ” Sahlberg for the Wolverines and Brian Bradley for the Vaqueros. Ellis said Bradley, who is coming off a suspension, is the hardest thrower in the league.
Truckee hosts a doubleheader against Fernley at the high school field on Saturday. Games start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.