Truckee baseball powers out in league play
The Truckee High baseball team ended the regular season hotter than it started out cold, winning its final nine league games after stumbling out to a 3-6 start.The most recent victim: Yerington.Hosting a doubleheader on the final weekend of Northern 3A league play Saturday, the Wolverines won both games, 7-2 and 13-3, to improve to 12-6 (17-14 overall).Truckee played a three-game series against each team in league, going 1-2 against Sparks, Dayton and Spring Creek and sweeping Lowry, Fernley and Yerington 3-0. The Wolverines are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs but must wait to find out their seeding.Senior Keven Sahlberg pitched all seven innings of Game 1 to improve to 6-0 on the season with a 1.43 ERA both team bests. He recorded eight strikeouts while allowing eight hits, two walks and one earned run. In 44 innings during the regular season, Sahlberg had 64 strikeouts while walking 27 and allowing 31 hits. He also had three saves.Truckee drew first blood, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning before breaking the game open with a five-run third. The Wolverines added an insurance run in the fifth to push the score to 7-1. Yerington scored once in the third and again in the seventh.Offensively, the Wolverines accumulated five hits, three of which were doubles, and four stolen bases on four attempts.Myles Allen, Scott Mathot, Pablo Esquivel, Sahlberg and Justin Vosburgh each had one hit. Vosburgh drove in two runs and Sahlberg one run, and Allen, Mathot and Esquivel each hit a double. In Game 2, the Wolverines jumped all over the Lions, scoring a run in the first inning and eight more in the second to build an early 9-0 lead for sophomore Brady Maclane to work with.Maclane pitched all five innings, as the game was called on the 10-run mercy rule after Truckee answered a two-run Yerington fifth with four runs of its own. Maclane allowed just one earned run on one hit and four walks. He struck out six Lion hitters.Esquivel led the way at the plate, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. John DePew went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Mathot was 1 for 2 with two RBIs, Kevin Decker 2 for 4 with an RBI, Travis Dwyer 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI, Sahlberg 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI, Michael Fagan 1 for 2 with an RBI and Vosburgh 2 for 4 with two RBIs.The Wolverines were a perfect 12 for 12 on stolen base attempts. Sahlberg finished the season with 34 stolen bases on 34 attempts. Vosburgh was 29 of 32 in the stolen base department, Esquivel was 28 of 30 and Decker was 30 of 30.On the season, Truckee stole an NIAA-record 171 bases on 182 attempts. Truckee coach Mike Ellis said he has not yet called in the record to the NIAA. The 2006 NIAA record book lists Lowrys 2003 team as the record holder with 124 stolen bases, although Ellis says his 2006 team stole a then-record 146. The next-highest total in the record book is 123, set by Lowrys 2004 team. Cimarron-Memorial (2001) is next with 74.