A sweep of a doubleheader against the Yerington Lions last weekend setup a showdown on Wednesday between the Truckee Wolverines’ baseball team and the first-place Bishop Manogue Miners.
The game against the undefeated Miners was supposed to be played at the high school ball fields, but Tuesday night’s storm moved it down to the Governor’s Bowl in Reno.
Results of Wednesday’s game were unavailable at press time.
Truckee improved their record to 5-4 in league and moved into fourth place by beating Yerington 6-1 and 10-0 last Saturday.
Yerington has struggled all year, but the first game was still1-1 going into the fourth inning.
Head Coach Jason Estabrook said the Lions’ starting pitcher was effective in slowing down the pace of the game and keeping the Wolverines’ hitters off balance.
But by the fourth, each hitter had seen the Lions’ pitcher at least twice, and the third time through their batting order proved to be a charm for Truckee.
“We started out real slow, but they did a good job of keeping the tempo slow … their pitcher had a definite tempo in mind and he did a good job of keeping our hitters off balance,” Estabrook said afterward.
Truckee scored a single run in the fourth, then added a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innnings to win going away.
Wolverine starting pitcher J.R. Murphy got the complete game win, scattering seven singles and never giving up the big hit.
“He doesn’t give up the long ball,” Estabrook said. “When you do that it gives us a great chance to win.”
T.J. Dwyer went 3-for-4 at the plate while Dave Larson went 2-for-4 with a home run.
In game two, Dwyer was stellar on the mound, striking out 10 and only giving up two hits.
What’s scary, said Estabrook, was that Dwyer could have been even more dominant.
“It wasn’t even his best game. He went deep into a lot of counts,” he said.
Kevin Schlesinger went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in game two.
Estabrook said Wednesday’s showdown with Manogue would be a better gauge of the team’s progress this year.
“It is going to be a test of how far we have come since last year,” he said.
Thursday, the Wolverines take on 4A Reed High School in Reno.
Saturday they travel back to Yerington to take on the winless Rite of Passage Rams.
The doubleheader starts at noon.