Baseball, softball teams sweep twin bills
Playing on adjacent fields a couple hundred feet apart, the Truckee High baseball and softball teams dismantled Sparks in respective doubleheaders on Saturday.
At Tip Whitehead Athletic Complex in Sparks on March 27, the Wolverines baseball team clobbered the Railroaders by scores of 14-2 and 16-4, behind the strength of three homeruns by three different players; the softball team won by scores of 17-1 and 13-6, using a barrage of singles and consistent defense that only produced a total of one error in 12 innings.
In baseball action, Buck Claesson started Truckee’s weekend power binge with a solo homer in game one. In a game that featured a five-run first inning by the Wolverines, Shane Wright was 3-4 with two doubles and 4 RBI. Dan Galvin was 3-4 with a double, triple and 2 RBI. Senior pitcher J.R. Murphy (3-1) picked up the win, striking out 10 and walking one in the 14-2 five-inning contest.
Game two had the potential of being a close one, until Jimmy Williams and Murphy powered a five-run second inning with towering blasts over the left field fence. Williams’ two-run homer tied the game at four, and Murphy’s three-run long ball put Truckee ahead to stay, 7-4, after it had fallen behind 4-2 at the end of the first.
The Truckee homers were the first of the season for Truckee as a team and a welcome sight in an offense that has lacked such power up until now.
“We really came out of our shell this weekend,” said head coach Jason Estabrook. “Now we just have to build on that and improve.”
Williams (W, 2-0) and Kyle Adams combined to shut down Sparks for two runs over the final four innings in the 16-4 victory.
Wright added two more RBI on three singles, and Murphy and Nik Smith finished with three RBI apiece. The non-league wins up Truckee’s record to 9-2 overall on the season. It is 2-1 in the Northern 3A.
In softball action, senior pitcher and shortstop Amber Harder had a day, pitching five solid innings to lead the Wolverines over the Lady Railroaders in game one, 17-1. Truckee’s defense made no errors behind Harder (1-1), and Harder went 6-8 with 4 RBI over both games at the plate. Harder had four assists and two putouts in the field.
Truckee had 31 hits Ð mostly singles Ð in scoring 30 runs in the doubleheader. In game one, Kelly Stephens had three RBI, and Corina Mincey drove in four. Like Harder, Alycia Smith had three RBI in game two. Smith leads the team in hitting with a .414 batting average after 12 games.
Kaley White (3-6) pitched another tough seven-inning game in game two, scattering six hits and striking out five. White has been the workhorse for Truckee in 2004, pitching 54 2/3 innings, posting an ERA of 4.00. White, a junior, has produced at the plate as well. She is second on the team in hitting (.371) and tied for first with 13 hits.
The softball team’s record improves to 4-8 on the season. It is 1-3 in the Northern 3A.
A Sparks resident and father of a Sparks junior varsity baseball player who was watching the baseball game on the sidelines cited a reason for the depleted play among Sparks teams in general over the last few years.
“Ever since they started North Valleys and Spanish Springs (High Schools), they took all our good talent away,” he said.
Truckee baseball travels to Dayton on Saturday, April 3, for a doubleheader starting at noon. It played South Tahoe yesterday afternoon. The softball team takes a two-week break, hosting a doubleheader against Fernley on Saturday, April 10 starting at 10 a.m.