Baseball: Truckee gets easy non-league victory in Reno
No seniors, two juniors, a sophomore, and the rest freshmen: That’s the makeup of a baseball squad that’s in its first year of existence and one that Truckee pounced on in a non-league contest on Wednesday afternoon.
At Damonte Ranch’s attractive new field in Northeastern Reno, Truckee scored four first inning runs to provide plenty of cushion for starting pitcher Ben Tonon against a new and young 4A team giving it a test run in 2004.
“This was a confidence builder for us to be successful at the plate,” said Truckee head coach Jason Estabrook. “You can’t substitute a live game at-bat. It’s better than practicing.”
Estabrook’s players echoed their fourth-year coach’s words.
“It was a tune-up game,” said Truckee center fielder Nik Smith, who had a double, triple and an RBI for the Wolverines. “We got some good at-bats. Everyone played today; that was fun.”
Jeff Hansen added a two-run single into left field in the top of the fifth and finished with three RBIs in the game.
“It’s good to see some (live) pitches,” said Hansen, commenting on the easy-going tempo of the game.
When the dust settled, the Wolverines beat the Mustangs 13-4 after building a 9-1 lead by the fourth inning.
J.R. Murphy slapped an RBI single to right field in the next inning to add to an earlier RBI double, and senior Cory Arth capped the Truckee scoring with a single to plate John Hooper in the final frame.
Truckee reliever Kevin Embertson held the Mustangs to one run over the final three innings, and Daniel Galvin was involved in nine of 21 Truckee outs on defense by way of a put out or assist from his shortstop position. Galvin had a double and an RBI single in the game. Buck Claesson, Kyle Adams and Shane Wright also had RBI singles on Wednesday.
Estabrook hinted that Damonte Ranch will most likely pop up on Truckee’s schedule next year and maybe for a few years to come.
“They called and scheduled us, and (their coach) wants to continue the relationship,” Estabrook said. “This is a great place to come, and they’re going to be a great team in years to come.”
Truckee is 19-10 on the season and 10-4 in the Northern 3A.
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