Errors haunt baseball team
Despite hard hitting and consistent mound appearances, the Wolverine varsity baseball team suffered an 0-3 deficit last week, losing to Reno High School on Tuesday, March 13 and twice to Spring Creek on Saturday.
“We competed in every game, we just need to learn how to win,” remarked Coach Jason Estabrook after his team’s frustrating losses.
Daniel Hall, Mike Holmes and TJ Dwyer each took their turn pitching for TTHS against Reno, holding their 4A opponent to only two earned runs. How then did the final score end up 7-2 in favor of the team from the “biggest little city in the world?”
A comedy of errors, not so comedic for Estabrook and his team, plagued the Wolverines as they committed seven unforced errors for the day.
While Saturday’s double-header brought the sun and a promise of a fresh start for Truckee, a combined 14 errors sent the team home deflated and ready to refocus on the defensive aspect of the Wolverines’ game.
Junior TJ Dwyer ran the mound all nine innings of the first game, giving up only two earned runs and keeping the TTHS team’s spirits high. Estabrook’s loaded line-up outhit the Spartans 10-3, yet were unable to pull out the much-needed win.
“This game was particularly frustrating because we had the ability to beat them. I know the boys were disappointed and so was I,” said Estabrook after the Wolverines lost 8-6.
Both teams came out swinging in round two that day, taking the game into extra innings for a final 13-12 score in the Spartans’ favor.
Working to avenge their morning loss, the Wolverines left Spring Creek in a cloud of dust after the first four innings with a rally to a nine-run lead.
But seven errors and poor defensive teamwork arrived uninvited mid-game in the Truckee dugout, effectively killing their lead and resulting in a slump that lasted the duration of the game.
“We were having a tough time making routine plays and that is what we will be working on in practice this week,” Coach Estabrook added.
The Wolverines will brave another double-header this Saturday at Quincy, with the first game at 12 a.m. and the following at 2 p.m.
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