Baseball team loses two in season ender: Playoffs out of reach for Wolverine boys
The THS varsity baseball team finished up its season in a disappointing two-loss double-header against league rivals North Tahoe last Saturday. The games were held in Carson due to weather conditions.
Truckee lost both games, falling 1-13 in the first game and 2-13 in the second. The first game was called at the end of the fifth inning, and the second game ended after the sixth due to the mercy rule.
“I was disappointed with the games. I think we all were. We had an opportunity to make the playoffs and we just didn’t play our best,” said head coach Jason Estabrook.
The Wolverines started out playing good defense. In the second inning sophomore Jimmy Williams and junior Daniel Galvin came up with some key saves to get them out of the inning unharmed.
In the third inning the Wolverines got off to another tough defensive stand. But with two outs, the Lakers managed to rally back and score three runners.
Senior Kevin Schlesinger picked up an RBI in the bottom of the third, scoring Jimmy Williams. This would be the only Truckee runner to score all game.
In the top of the fourth, North Tahoe would score three more runs.
On offense, Truckee batters went three up, three down.
The fifth and final inning is when North Tahoe really turned on the heat, scoring seven runners.
The Lakers had a number of good hits and did a great job stealing bases. But the Truckee defense did little to stop them.
The Wolverine defense was plagued by a number of mental and physical errors. Truckee had a hard time fielding ground balls. A number of Lakers scored on overthrows and passed balls. Walked batters really hurt them. Twice in the fifth inning batters were walked, leaving the bases loaded.
Offensively, Truckee struggled at the plate. When batters did manage to make their way on base, they struggled to advance. In the five innings played, Truckee left seven base runners stranded. In the fifth, the inning ended with bases loaded.
The second game was more of the same.
The Lakers took the lead 0-2 in the top of the second. With two walks and a single, the bases were loaded. The runners scored when a runner was forced out at second, and the double play was lost at first due to an overthrow.
The third inning was when the real damage was done. A base hit left a runner on first. The runner then stole second. Then a batter was walked. An infield error then left the bases loaded. The next two batters were walked, making the score 0-4. Another base hit allowed the Wolverines to get a force-out at home. Then another runner scored on a base hit. The inning finally ended after pitcher J.R. Murphy struck out a Laker batter.
Murphy gave up six walks in four innings. The Lakers capitalized, scoring 11 runs on only six hits.
Nick Smith had a double in each of the games. In the bottom of the fifth, Smith had his second double. He then scored from second off of a Jacob Bohart RBI.
In the top of the fourth, the Lakers continued to dominate offensively. The Lakers batted in four runs besides one runner scoring on a passed ball, and another walked home with bases loaded.
By the top of the fifth, Truckee showed a little defensive life. With one out and one on first, Nick Smith made a great catch in the outfield. The runner on first was already rounding second when he realized the ball had been caught. He was thrown out at first.
But offensively Truckee couldn’t get it done. Bohart did manage to score Smith which was enough to take the game into the sixth inning, but that was about it.
In the top of the sixth, the Lakers scored to more making it 2-13. The Wolverines could not answer back and the game was over.
“Baseball is a game were you have to play hard down the stretch. We failed to do that. We’re just going to have to work hard and try and rebuild this team. We’ll miss our seniors a lot. They were a great group of leaders.”
The Wolverines finished off the season with an overall record of 13-17, and 6-10 in the league.
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