Truckee, North Tahoe baseball split doubleheaders
The Truckee and Sparks high baseball teams split a doubleheader Saturday to wrap up the three-game season series between the two Northern 3A teams.
Truckee (1-2) won the first game 6-3 behind a complete game from senior pitcher Keven Sahlberg. Sparks (2-1) won the second game 5-2 to take the season series, 2-1.
Sahlberg, Truckee’s team captain, allowed five hits and two earned runs while walking four and striking out 10. Batting leadoff, Sahlberg also went 1-for-4 at the plate with a home run on the second pitch of the game.
Truckee’s big inning came in the fourth, when Kevin Decker hit a two-run home run and Michael Taylor followed with a solo homer. Both went 1-for-2 in the game.
Senior Pablo Esquivel went 1-for-3, Michael Fagan 1-for-3, Maclane Brady 1-for-3 and Justin Vosburgh 1-for-4.
The Wolverines were 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
Entering Game 2, Truckee had one strike against it after losing Brady, the scheduled starting pitcher, to an ejection in the first game.
Brady had lost the bat out of his hands on two occasions while swinging during Game 1. The umpire gave him a warning, and when the bat slipped out of his hands a third time ” skipping toward the Truckee dugout ” the umpire ejected him. The ejection meant Brady could not play in the second game, so Truckee coach Mike Ellis started Taylor instead.
Taylor pitched well, giving up one earned run (five total) in four innings while allowing three hits and walking one batter. Truckee committed five errors behind Taylor. Vosburgh came in for relief, holding the Railroaders hitless in two innings.
Offensively, Vosburgh went 2-for-3 with a double, Travis Dwyer was 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit double, John DePew 1-for-3 and Trevor Allen 2-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
Truckee was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Behind the plate, Decker threw out three runners between the two games.
Truckee plays Dayton on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The North Tahoe High baseball team split a nonleague doubleheader with Portola on Saturday, losing the first contest 11-1 and winning the second 11-6 behind a 13-strikeout complete game from pitcher Sean Bernardo.
The Game 2 win was particularly sweet for the Lakers, who gave up a four-run lead in the seventh before storming back with five runs of their own in extra innings to earn the win.
Bernardo threw all eight innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out 13 and allowing just six hits. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.
Zack Tomlinson also came through in the clutch, going 4-for-5 and driving in the Lakers’ winning runs in the eighth.
Taylor Good went 3-for-4 with an impressive line-drive home run, and leadoff hitter Chris Cahill was 3-for-5. Also picking up the first hits of their high school careers were Parker Laughlin, Davidson Harley, Ben Lurie and Stefan Glander.
North Tahoe is now 1-2 on the season, with Northern 2A league play beginning this week with a doubleheader against ROP on Saturday at 12 and 2 p.m.