All-State baseball, softball | Steven Baker receives top honor
Steven Baker did it all for the state champion Truckee baseball team and#8212; pitching, hitting, fielding and#8212; and his on-field exploits did not go unnoticed by opposing coaches.
After receiving the highest honor in Mount Rose League All-Conference voting, the senior pitcher and shortstop was voted 3A All-State MVP while his coach, Mike Ellis, was voted Coach of the Year.
Baker was a deserving candidate, as the right-hander finished the season with a 6-1 record on the mound with a 1.80 ERA. He recorded 77 strikeouts in 54.1 innings and allowed only 32 hits. Batting second in the order, Baker also posted a .427 average with 12 doubles, five triples and 36 RBIs. He backed up his selection, which was decided before the state final, by throwing four scoreless innings in the title game.
The Wolverines finished 29-6 overall and beat Elko in the state final to earn the school’s first state championship since 1994.
A number of other Truckee and North Tahoe baseball and softball players were honored with selections to their respective All-State teams and#8212; determined by coaches.
In 3A baseball voting, Truckee senior Tony Buranzon was named to the All-State first team as a pitcher, while junior second baseman Aaron Pado made the first team as an infielder and senior Trevor Auldridge as an outfielder.
Buranzon finished 8-1 with a 0.71 ERA, while also hitting .457 in 46 at-bats. Pado, who was Truckee’s leadoff man, hit .364 and had a .561 on-base percentage. Auldridge hit .406 and had 35 RBIs in the cleanup slot.
Senior third baseman Jackson Rohlf was voted to the second team to round out the Wolverines’ All-State selections.
In 2A All-State voting, North Tahoe pitcher and catcher Colin Spencer was one of only 12 players voted to the first team.
Spencer, a junior right-hander, led the Lakers on the mound with a 6-1 record, with 99 strikeouts versus 31 walks in 52.2 innings. He had an ERA of 3.32. Spencer also hit .443 batting third in the order and drove in 18 runs, and played a solid catcher when not pitching.
North Tahoe senior Brendon Arnold, also a pitcher and catcher, was voted to the All-State second team. Jarod Adams of Yerington was the state 2A state MVP and Yerington’s Stephen Schreibeis was Coach of the Year.
Slugger Meghen Grijalva, a junior catcher on the North Tahoe softball team, was voted to the All-State second team in softball after leading the Lakers in nearly every offensive category.
For Truckee softball, four Wolverines were honored with All-State honorable mention, including seniors Krysta Murphy and Kaite Churchman as infielders, senior Jessie Jensen as a utility player, and sophomore Breanna Weber as a pitcher.
Jill Pinder of Fallon was voted MVP and Fallon’s Phil Pinder was Coach of the Year.
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