Truckee baseball | Wolverines earn comeback win against Fallon, advance to state final |

Truckee baseball | Wolverines earn comeback win against Fallon, advance to state final

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunTruckee senior pitcher Tony Buranzon winds up for a pitch during the Wolverines' 9-3, state tournament win against Fallon on Friday.

RENO, Nev. and#8212; Truckee baseball coaches gained a few grey hairs on Friday.

Competing in the semifinal round of the 3A State Championship Baseball Tournament at Peccole Park, the Wolverines fell behind early against Fallon and trailed for much of the contest before storming back with eight runs between the fifth and sixth innings to earn a 9-3 win.

The second-seeded Wolverines, who opened the double-elimination tournament with a 13-5 win over Moapa Valley on Thursday, will now face top-seeded Elko in the state final. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at Peccole Park in Reno.

Senior starter Tony Buranzon and second-seeded Truckee got off to a slow start against Fallon. Fueled by a triple off the bat of Alonzo Williams and a Truckee error, the Greenwave struck for two runs in the top of the first inning and took a 3-1 lead in the third following another Truckee error.

Buranzon, who entered the game with a team-leading 0.71 ERA, settled in nicely to keep Fallon off the scoreboard the remainder of the game. After allowing four hits in the first, the senior right-hander gave up only three hits the rest of the way while striking out four and not issuing a walk.

His offense picked him up in the later innings, as Truckee knotted the score with two runs in the fifth and surged ahead with a six-run sixth.

With a runner on first and one out in the top of the seventh, Truckee center fielder Trevor Auldridge tracked down a fly ball headed toward the left-center gap and fired in to cutoff man Steven Baker, who then turned and threw to first to double off the runner and end the game.

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