Truckee JV baseball still rolling
The Truckee High junior varsity baseball team defeated Virginia City’s varsity squad 8-4 this past Wednesday, then beat Colfax’s JVs 3-0 the following day.
Against Virginia City, Brian Matthew started on the mound and pitched well, giving up only two hits in two and two-thirds innings. Both hits were doubles. Matthew struck out four of the 14 batters he faced.
Jordan Diero picked up where Matthew left off, allowing just three singles and two walks in three and two-thirds innings. Ben Bolton closed the game without allowing a hit.
Offensively, Ryan Zusy led the team with two singles and a double. Diero also had a good day hitting, going 3 for 5 with a single, double and a solo home run. James Depew had two singles, and Shane Fisher helped Truckee out by drawing three walks and hitting a single.
“For the weather conditions, we played fairly well,” said Truckee head coach Matt Carlson, adding that the wind was as strong as he’s ever seen at a baseball game. “We capitalized on several Virginia City errors, which gave us a quick lead.”
Against Colfax, Jared McDonnell collected the win, pitching three innings in his start and giving up just two hits. Freshman Morgan Nevin came in for relief, holding Colfax hitless in one and a third innings in what was his first outing of the season. Bolton came in and earned the save in two and two-thirds innings. He gave up one hit and struck out three batters.
At the plate, Ricky Cooper had the hot bat, hitting two doubles and an inside-the-park home run. Depew went 2 for 4, Diero was 2 for 4 with a double, triple and RBI and Fisher was 1 for 2.
“Ricky Cooper has been hot with the bat lately,” Carlson said. “He has become a strong player and a quiet leader. His success so far with the bat could not happen to a better guy. Cooper works hard and is taking advantage of every opportunity.”
Carlson said he was pleased with his team’s effort against Colfax, a traditionally strong program.
“Colfax is always a good game,” the coach said. “They rarely make errors and are well coached. In this matchup, our team stepped up and did what we needed to do to get the win. Our pitchers pitched very well, keeping the hits and walks to a minimum.”
Truckee catcher Matt Theis is out with a fractured wrist and is scheduled to return within the next three weeks, Carlson said.
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