Wolverines cage Panthers at Aces Stadium
RENO — The Truckee baseball team wrapped up a three-game sweep of North Valleys on Tuesday night, topping the Panthers under the lights at Greater Nevada Field in Reno.
The Wolverines, who had dropped games at the home of the Reno Aces in each of the past two seasons, jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage and got a solid pitching performance from senior Jake Streit to pick up a 7-3 win.
“Most of the time I was locating my fastball pretty well. When I didn’t they capitalized on it,” said Streit on his performance from the mound. “But my changeup was working better than it has all season.”
Streit allowed one run and nine hits, while striking out five batters during 6 1/3 innings of work. He also made what turned out to be one of the biggest defensive plays of the game, stabbing a ground ball with runners on the corners and turning a double play to get out of the second inning.
“I saw the ball coming, thought I was going to trip,” said Streit, who stumbled on the play after fielding the grounder. “Luckily I didn’t, and I made the play.”
After picking up an out in the seventh inning, Streit was pulled in order to save his arm for this weekend’s matchup against Elko. The Indians are currently third place in the Northern League standings.
“We’ve got an important series with Elko coming up, and I’m going to need him to recover,” said head coach Jeff Murphy on Streit. “He’s been the guy for us all year, and he’s going to have to continue to be that guy for us.”
North Valleys later managed to load the bases in the seventh inning with two outs, bringing the tying run to the plate, but senior Spencer Edmondson finished off the Panthers via a strikeout to end any ideas of a comeback.
“For us to get a win is huge, but when we’re ahead, we need to learn how to continue to pour it on, and to continue to score runs. In this league or in any kind of baseball, you can be up a lot and it can change real quick,” said Murphy.
“It’s a big step for these kids to be out here on a really nice ballpark like this. It’s nice to come out here and get a W.”
From the plate, junior Tyler Estabrook finished with a team-high three hits, including a double. Senior Shane Poe had a pair of hits and an RBI. Senior Elliot Rost drove in a pair of runs in the first inning when he hammered a pitch into the outfield for a triple. Rost’s triple was his second in three games against the Panthers.
That’s five in a row
Truckee has now won five straight games, including a pair of victories against North Valleys last Saturday.
During the doubleheader, sophomore Timmy Reeve tossed a three-hit shutout in Truckee’s 9-0 win against the Panthers. Reeve struck out eight during the game. The Wolverines won the other game, 12-8.
Truckee (16-2, 16-2 Northern League) will next play Elko (14-4, 14-4 Northern League) on Friday at North Valleys High School in Reno for the start of a three-game series.
The teams will lock up again at North Valleys on Saturday for a doubleheader.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at email@example.com.