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Baseball team eyeing short stretch to playoffs

by James Ball

Just five more games and the Tahoe-Truckee High School baseball team will be looking at playoffs.

There’s less than a month until the end of the season and the team got out on a practice field for the first time this season last Monday.

Late spring snows have slowed the progress of the baseball team, whose main area of concern has been too many errors.

On April 21 at Manogue, the Wolverines lost a double header, 4-3 in the first game, 14-3 in the second.

On April 24, the team took on Spring Creek in a double header at Sparks, winning the first game 23-17 and losing the second 25-3.

In the first of the four games, Merek Poco pitched a complete game two-hitter against the 21-1 Manogue squad.

In 18 outs, he had 14 ground-outs and walked four batters.

“He had a great game,” head coach Craig Lawrence said. “After our first day out of the gym, we proved to ourselves we can beat anybody if we play an errorless game.”

In the second game, Manogue came out with scores on the first four hitters.

“We never got it going in this game,” Lawrence said.

Spencer Archer collected a home run, an RBI and scored a second time.

At Sparks last week, Jeff Andrs hit a triple and Archer had three RBIs.

Zach Lawrence and Justin Long both pitched, combining for 11 strikeouts and Long came away with the win.

“The boys came out to play in this one,” Lawrence said. “They knew they were playing better and came out of the slugfest on top.”

The Truckee win was Spring Creek’s first league loss of the year.

In this game, each member of the team scored, with Archer, Hernandez and Lawrence leading with three runs each.

In game two, Tom Hernandez was three for three, with a single, double and triple.

Archer was two for three with a double, triple and RBI. Both Hernandez and Archer scored runs.

“Hernandez had a great day with the bat,” Lawrence said.

Truckee’s league record stands at 2-4, with the team tied for third place with three teams.

The next game was yesterday at home, but results were unavailable at press time. There is a double header Saturday, May 2, at Battle Mountain.

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