Truckee JV baseball off to strong start
The Truckee High junior varsity baseball team split four games in the Carson Tournament this past Thursday and Friday, finishing 2-2 and getting a no-hitter out of one it its sophomore pitchers.
The Wolverines lost 16-14 to Carson, then beat Fallon 5-3 and South Tahoe 10-1 before losing the final game to Portola.
Against Carson on Thursday, freshman Shane Fisher started on the mound and threw well in his first start of the season. He pitched four innings and faced 26 batters, walking four and allowing eight runs on nine hits. Fisher was relieved by sophomore Brian Matthew, who allowed two hits and a run in one inning.
Sophomore Jared McDonnell closed and was charged with a loss, allowing seven runs in two innings.
At the plate, sophomore catcher Matt Theis led the team with a 5-for-5 performance, knocking in five runs. Sophomore shortstop Jordan Diero hit had two singles, a double and a triple while stealing two bases and picking up three RBIs. Freshmen Ben Bolton and Tanner Churich also had big days, scoring a total of four runs while knocking in six runs together.
In the win over Fallon on Thursday, junior Miles Allen filled in for the JV team as the starting pitcher. Allen threw 6 2/3 innings, facing 28 batters and not allowing a single hit, though he walked 11. McDonnell closed and picked up his first save as a JV pitcher, throwing 1/3 inning and striking out the only batter he faced.
Matthew and Allen led the team in hitting, averaging .667 with an RBI apiece. Theis went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Against South Tahoe on Friday, sophomore southpaw Ryan Zusy came in fired up, and was rewarded with the first no-hitter of his high school career.
“He pitched one of the best games I have seen him pitch,” said Truckee coach Matt Carlson.
Zusy faced 27 batters, holding the Vikings to one run that came on a walk and one of the few errors Truckee committed. Zusy struck out a minimum of one batter an inning, finishing with six on the day.
“This was a big accomplishment for Zusy, as well as the team,” Carlson said. “He has worked extremely hard in the gym this year, dialing in his pitching skills. I expect to see a lot more quality games from him.”
Zusy definitely had Truckee’s bats behind him as the team hit for a .423 average, with six singles and five doubles.
Matthew went 3-for-3 and scored three runs, Theis was 2-for-3 with two doubles, Churich was 1-for-2 and Zusy added a three-run double and hit .500 on the day.
Against Lassen on Friday, Bolton took the mound for his first start of the season, pitching four scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out two.
Matthew stepped in in the fifth inning to pick up where Bolton left off. He threw 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits, which tied up the game. Freshman James Depew received the tough loss in the 1/3 inning he pitched, as he allowed the winning run to come across in the final inning.
Zusy had two RBIs on two singles. Depew also had a good day, knocking in one run on a 2-for-4 day with a triple. Theis went 2-for-4 with two singles.
“All together, we have a very strong JV team,” Carlson said. “These athletes love this game and work very hard. Match that with two great assistant coaches, Mike Depew and Chris Matthew, and I believe we will be one of the teams to beat.”