Baseball, softball sharpen skills in non-league play
After getting their feet wet in NIAA 3A play, both the Wolverines’ baseball team and the Lady Wolverines softball team took on non-league competition in order to stay sharp for upcoming games against the league’s best.
After being rained out of last weekend’s doubleheader against Quincy, the Wolverines traveled to the gold country on Tuesday to play their first game in almost a week against the Golden Sierra Grizzlies.
The well-rested Wolverines were indeed fine tuned, beating the Grizzlies and their best pitcher, 3-2, for their second consecutive win.
Truckee hurler T.J. Dwyer matched the Grizzlies ace pitch for pitch, giving up only three hits and one earned run en route to the complete game win.
Dwyer struck out eight and walked four.
“He finally pitched to his capability. He got stronger as the game went on,” said Head Coach Jason Eastbrook. “It was a good confidence builder for T.J.”
The Wolverines scored once in the second, when David Larson raced home on a passed ball by the Grizzly catcher, then added two more in the fourth. Nick Smith’s RBI single, which scored Kevin Schlesinger, was the big hit in the inning.
Both Grizzly runs came on a fifth-inning home run thanks to a misplaced curve ball by Dwyer.
Truckee will make up one of the games against Quincy today, with a double header against Dayton this weekend.
Last week, the Wolverines beat the struggling Hug Hawks 7-1.
Dwyer and Greg Gadsby shared the duties on the mound, while Eric Detwiler went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
The Lady Wolverines took on Loyalton on Monday, but results were unavailable as of Wednesday.
The Lady Wolverines will take on the Bishop Manogue Miners, who are the defending state champs, today at 3:30 in Reno.
NIAA Northern 3A Baseball Standings*
Spring Creek… 2-4
North Tahoe…… 1-3
Rite of Passage……0-2
*League play only
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