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Baseball ready for weekend home games

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

After a crushing 14-2 loss to Quincy on April 10, the Wolverine ball club returned to the dug-out for a double-header against Yerington on Saturday.

With three key starters out for two weeks due to disciplinary action, Coach Estabrook’s bench got off to a slow start.

After one inning, the Wolverines found themselves at a 5-1 deficit and rallied in the second inning to bring in four runs and tie the game at five apiece. Pitcher Paul Smith held the mound for TTHS, keeping the Lions at bay for three innings before giving up one run in the fifth to go down by one.

Despite efforts to tie up the game, the Wolverines were unable to round the bases and lost the first game 6-5.

“We made very costly defensive errors and got behind. We just ran out of time in the end,” said Coach Jason Estabrook.

TJ Dwyer commanded the mound in game two, delivering 10 strikeouts in seven innings for the Wolverines. Taking an early lead, Truckee racked up three runs in the third inning with hits by Gary Cook who was 2 for 4 at bat and Dave Larson with one hit in four appearances at the plate. Truckee effectively stole the Lions’ momentum for the duration of play with Billy Wrenn and Brad Sauser each adding hits to the Wolverine tally.

Yerington managed to bring home two runners between the fourth and fifth innings, yet were unable to even the score and fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Wolverines.

“We really wanted to take two. Once we got fired up we were playing really well, but it was hard to play cohesively without the entire team together,” added Estabrook.

While the loss of key players will continue to plague the team as they head into a double header against Rite of Passage on Saturday, Estabrook remarked, “the team will move on without them.”

Saturday’s games at Regional Park will begin at 12 p.m. and the Wolverines will play again at home on Monday against Loyalton at 3:30 p.m.


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