Baseball, softball teams batter up at home
The calendar says it’s Spring, and Tahoe-Truckee High School’s varsity baseball and girls’ softball team are warming up as their seasons continue. Both teams played double-headers on Saturday, March 31 against Dayton, as Truckee students and fans enjoyed the warm weather and 14 innings of the American pastime at the regional park.
Saturday’s back-to-back games were the first home field match-ups for both teams in a 28-game packed season.
Although the month of March did not exactly fit the “in like a lion, out like a lamb” description weather-wise, the Wolverine varsity baseball team did against the Dust Devils, losing momentum from game one to the last innings of the afternoon.
Truckee’s TJ Dwyer fueled his team’s 4-0 first game win with 12 strikes and only three walks in his seven innings on the mound. While the Wolverines were not dynamic at the plate, they played sound defense and committed a season low one error.
“This was a great game both mentally and physically. The boys were aggressive and smart,” Coach Jason Estabrook noted.
TNT posted five hits in game one thanks to Justin Platt, TJ Dwyer and Gary Cook, who were each one for three at bat.
Truckee’s second game of the day against the Dust Devils was riddled with errors – five in seven innings – resulting in a frustrating 17-7 loss. Coming off a strong first game, the Wolverines played smart ball through the first four innings, heading into the top of the fifth down 6-4.
Pitcher Paul Smith handed over the game to Daniel Hall who struggled to keep Dayton at bay, and walked several batters before resigning his post. Junior Dave Larson also fought to close out the game for the Wolverines, eventually witnessing a 13-run rally in the last two innings and falling to a 10-point deficit.
“We dropped our mental game after the first win. We need to work on being able to play 14 straight innings of solid ball,” said Estabrook.
After Saturday’s double-header, the Wolverines’ record is 7-7 with 14 games left in the season.
“I am excited about where we are heading. We have been playing a consistently stronger level of baseball as the season matures,” Estabrook added.
Saturday, the Wolverines will head to Fernley at 10 a.m. for another double-header.
The lady Wolverine varsity team delivered a double-header blow-out, winning both games easily against the Dust Devils.
Heather Shove controlled the mound in game one, coming away with a 12-4 Wolverine win. Center fielder Teal Cutter halted all rally attempts by the Dayton dugout with solid fielding and control of the grass throughout all 14 innings of play.
Led by the aggressive swinging and base running of Vanessa Ramirez, TTHS effortlessly continued to rack up hits and runs and added two more wins to their record. The Truckee softball girls are now 6-2 and continue to look stronger as the season progresses.
After a week respite from game play, the Wolverines will face Fernley for another double-header tomorrow at Fernley at 1 p.m.
Play will return to the regional park on Tuesday as the baseball and softball teams take on Manogue at 3:30 p.m.
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