Shaking the dirt off their gloves, the Wolverine varsity baseball team returned to the field last Saturday for a double-header against Quincy. Truckee’s TJ Dwyer held the mound all nine innings in a “nail-biter” game that came down to the last minutes of play.
Dwyer pitched an aggressive game with 12 strike-outs and only three walks, yet was unable to capture the win after giving up the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
“We had many chances to win the game, we just gave it away,” said Wolverine Coach Jason Estabrook after his team’s 1-2 loss.
The Wolverines posted a mere six hits for their morning effort and were led by senior Paul Smith at the plate, who was 2 for 4 at bat.
Game two brought out a fired-up TTHS bench, hitting hard and playing tough defense in the field. Mike Holmes opened the pitching game for the Wolverines, playing three innings before handing off to Paul Smith. Smith threw a consistent four innings and was rewarded with the team’s 7-4 win for his efforts.
“We had good strong performances on the mound. It was a great team effort,” said Estabrook.
Estabrook’s bench also dominated the plate with some heavy hitting by TJ Dwyer who was 2 for 3 at bat with two RBIs, Eric Detwiler who went 1 for 3, Paul Smith with one hit and Gary Cook with one hit and one RBI.
Saturday’s batting practice was just what Estabrook and his sluggers needed as they faced Loyalton on Monday, March 26 in an all-out slugging spectacular. High spirits and warmed-up sticks carried the Wolverines to a 18-4 victory over Loyalton.
Junior Dave Larson led TNT at the plate with three hits in four at bats and his first home run of the year. Eric Detwiler also went 3 for 4 at bat, rallying a full team effort that resulted in their crushing win.
“We did everything that we are supposed to. It was a good win with strong performances all around,” Estabrook said.
Senior Kyle Hunt held the Truckee defensive unit together with aggressive field play to hold Loyalton to just four runs.
Truckee returns home this Saturday for a double-header against Dayton at Regional Field starting at 1 p.m.
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