Home runs not enough for Truckee
Call it a homefield advantage.
The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ baseball team traveled to Battle Mountain to play a double-header against the Longhorns on Saturday and, following a flurry of home runs, found themselves twice in the loser’s column.
There were 15 home runs on the short Battle Mountain field, 10 by the Longhorns and five by the Wolverines, resulting in a 14-9 defeat for Truckee in the first game and an 11-6 loss in the second game.
“The home run just isn’t all that exciting when pop-flies get blown over a 300-foot fence,” Truckee Head Coach Joseph Ferrerra said. “At least seven of [the Longhorns’] home runs wouldn’t have even reached our warning track. Many will think that we had the same opportunity, and, in fact we did. We just found ourselves hitting more line-drives at defenders.”
Kyle Hunt had two home runs in the two games. Paul Smith, going 5-for-7 at the plate, hit a home run “that wound up in Spring Creek,” according to Ferrerra. Peter Kennelly and Billy Wrenn also tallied home runs for Truckee on the afternoon.
“In order for us to start controlling games and get into the win column,” Ferrerra said, “we are going to have to have a team batting average of over 340. We are currently batting at about 280.
“Defensively, we are going to have to start playing catch. We literally threw this game away. We made no less than six throwing errors, all of which kept our defense on the field and forced our pitchers to be conservative.”
Carson Specht, Gabe Valle, T.J. Dwyer and Paul Smith were Truckee’s pitchers on the afternoon.
Ferrerra said these types of losses are tougher to swallow than simply being out-matched. “They all go in the win/loss column the same way, yet watching cheap runs go by or having runs scored after errors is just painful.”
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