Baseball at 4-2 for season
After a whirlwind four games in two days, the Wolverine varsity baseball team is feeling confident about the 2001 season. Coach Jason Estabrook and his team now sit on a 4-2 record, and have only begun the 28-game schedule that awaits them.
The Carson City tournament last Friday and Saturday provided the ideal setting for the Truckee team to find their bearings.
Friday’s first five-inning game against Hawthorne was a strong late game effort by the Wolverine sluggers, driving in two runs in the last inning to pull out a 4-2 win.
“We showed that we can win late in the game and stay in there mentally until it is over,” Estabrook noted. “This is essential to our success.”
While the defensive unit appeared shaky with four errors in only five innings, Daniel Hall delivered a solid pitching performance that kept the runs down and held his team in the game. Eric Detwiler dominated the plate, batting 2-3 for the game with a double.
Paul Smith went 1-3 out of the dugout, driving in a much-needed Wolverine run. Brad Sauser also swung big, finishing 1-2 for his efforts at bat. Junior TJ Dwyer racked up a run batted in (RBI), adding to his outstanding overall play on the field.
Coming off this spirited win, Truckee hit a minor slump against Battle Mountain on Friday afternoon. In a 5-3 loss, the Wolverines gave up four unearned runs in the first inning and were unable to come back in the short five-inning game format.
Saturday’s match-ups against 4A Elko and Whittell added two more wins to the Wolverine’s belts, as they came out swinging and did not stop until victory was in hand.
TJ Dwyer controlled the mound in the morning’s first game against Elko, holding the Indians to two runs for a hard-fought 3-2 win.
“Dwyer pitched a really strong game both physically and mentally, he showed the mental toughness that we need on the mound against good teams,” said Estabrook. Dwyer also delivered an RBI and was 1-3 at the plate.
Dave Larson also put the Wolverines on the board with a sacrifice fly RBI that delivered the game winning point. The last game of the weekend against Whittell was a batting blowout, racking up 11 runs for the Wolverines to claim their second win of the day. Gary Cook went 3-3 in an impressive batting performance, with a double and one RBI. Dave Larson, Matt Valle and Billey Wrenn all delivered two RBIs each crushing the mighty Warriors for a final 11-6 win.
“The purpose of this tournament was to improve and that we did. We played with more and more confidence as the games went on and I am excited about where we are right now,” Estabrook noted.
A double-header at Spring Creek awaits the Truckee ball team this Saturday, March 17. The JV team will also face the Spartans on Saturday in Reno at 12 p.m.
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